Today’s post is all about Doctor Who! More specifically, the brand-new eighth series. It is kind of a long post, so if you only read part of it, read the next section… because it’s slightly more important to me than fangirling over titles. But only slightly.
A couple of days ago, I decided that I’d like to review each series eight episode.
Yesterday, I had a better idea: What if I reviewed the episodes with other people?
I’ve successfully convinced my brother to review the first episode, “Deep Breath,” with me, and now I’m looking for a few other people. If you’re a Whovian and a blogger (preferably someone I know fairly well – it would be a little weird to co-write with total strangers) and you’d be interested in reviewing collaboratively, let me know in the comments! I do already have a few people in mind and will message them on Facebook (or leave a comment on their blogs, if we’re not Facebook friends) later today to see if they’re interested.
How would we cowrite the reviews? I’m thinking of simply using Facebook instant-messaging, then writing up the transcript of that for the post. That could be a lot of fun, and it’s the format I’m aiming for, anyway: One person would write a little, then the other would write a couple of sentences, and so on and so forth. And I’d write it up as lines of dialogue, as if we were having a conversation.
Another option is to use Google Docs, because then we can edit a document at the same time. Let me know what you think.
What types of posts could we write? Anything and everything. All the posts would be reviews, but after that I don’t really have any specifications. We can write short posts, long posts, silly posts, serious posts, top ten lists, whatever. We can talk about most of the episode (my brother and I will do that) or only one aspect of the story. And I’m happy to take suggestions for post ideas.
I look to writing these collaborative reviews, if anyone is indeed interested! I got the idea from Cait and Mime @ Notebook Sisters – they often discuss books, movies, et cetera together and it’s always fun to read about what they agree and disagree about.
P.S. If multiple people are interested, how do we decide who reviews which episode? Truth be told, I have no idea. Call dibs on a particular episode if you’d like, but as you can see below… we’re given only vague clues as to what happens in each one, so maybe just pick whatever.
(Edit: Actually, there’s one more thing – if you pick the eleventh episode, make sure you have time to write a review for the twelfth as well. I think it would make sense to write with the same person/people, since together those episodes form one story.)
I have an odd interest: Unusual titles! I love stumbling across beautiful, mysterious, or just plain odd titles – for books, chapters, movies, whatever.
Blame it on J.K. Rowling. I really admire her talent for creating interesting chapter titles that make me excited to read more; I may not love her books quite as much as I used to but that aspect of them still amazes me.
All of this is a roundabout way of saying that the other day, I found the Doctor Who series eight episode titles listed on Wikipedia and I LOVE THEM. For a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is that only one starts with, “the.” I get tired of titles that are “the _____,” especially since the THREE most recent Doctor Who episodes have all been titled “The _____ of the Doctor.”
Prepare yourself for fangirling and a LOT of theorizing, based on what may or may not be tiny clues hidden within the titles… let’s see how well I predict what happens in each episode!
Warning: Spoilers ahead, kind of! Don’t read the rest of this post if you’d rather be surprised about each and every episode!
1: “Deep Breath”
Honestly, I think I like this title just because it’s a nice change from “The ____ of the Doctor.” Also, I have NO IDEA what it’s referring to – and I like that mystery! (Note: I’m writing this post on 8/21, so the episode hasn’t aired yet.)
2: “Into the Dalek”
Hmm, I wonder who the villains of this episode will be.
All kidding aside, what does this mean, exactly? Will the main characters journey inside a huge Dalek? Are they going into an area infested by Daleks? Is someone going to literally become a Dalek once again, à la Oswin Oswald in “Asylum of the Daleks?”
3: “Robot of Sherwood”
This sounds ridiculous, but it did make me laugh, so I’ll give it points for that. Sherwood as in Sherwood Forest? As in Robin Hood? Who knows?
I’m having quite a lot of fun with my theorizing, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and posit a really wild theory: I bet this is a creepy episode. No, really. Think about it. Wouldn’t it be creepy if Clara and the Doctor thought they were alone, and then one of them says, “Wait, listen!” and then WEIRD STUFF HAPPENS?
…my other theory is that this episode is somehow related to music, but that’s not quite as scary, is it?
5: “Time Heist”
I love love love how strange this title is – how can one steal time?
So, I like it for that reason, and because I think it supports my theory that Captain Jack Harkness will return to the show, at least for one episode. I mean, he’s a con man and Time Agent, or was. A time heist sounds like something he’d attempt, right?
(If you don’t already know my theory: Jack met John Frobisher – who was played by Peter Capaldi, the current Doctor – in series three of Torchwood. I wondered if maybe they’d bring Jack back for a while as part of their explanation about why Twelve’s likeness has appeared multiple times in the Whoniverse.)
6: “The Caretaker”
At first I thought this episode might feature Tom Baker (who played the Fourth Doctor)!
…and then I realized that his character from The Day of the Doctor is the CURATOR, not the Caretaker. I think.
7: “Kill the Moon”
So at first I went OOH THIS IS COOL because, like, how can you kill the moon? It sounds kind of dramatic and serious.
And then I remembered this scene:
Well, then. I would be happy even if this episode was ridiculous instead of serious, because Strax is the greatest.
8: “Mummy on the Orient Express”
Oh, dear. This episode sounds absolutely ridiculous.
…bring it on.
Also, does the Poirot reference mean there will be another Agatha-Christie-themed episode?!
I’m sorry if this is morbid, but all I can think of here is DEATH. When a person’s heart stops beating and the monitor-machine-thing stops beeping to indicate they’re alive, isn’t that called flatlining?
Maybe this is a sad episode? I don’t know.
10: “In the Forest of the Night”
If this isn’t a Rowling title, then I don’t know what is. I LOVE beautiful, fantastical titles. There aren’t really any clues to be found here, other than that a forest will presumably feature in the episode, but I’m happy to just imagine something fantastical and awesome.
11, 12: “Dark Water” and “Death in Heaven”
Aaaaaand following right on the heels of #10 are two more episodes with neat titles! I particularly like “Death in Heaven” because of its contradictions – you go to heaven once you’re already dead, right? (Well… I don’t believe any of that, personally, but I’m getting off topic here. I’m discussing it from a literary point of view, rather than a religious one, I guess.)
Maybe a character dies in a wonderful place, an absolute paradise that they say is just like heaven. That could be a very sad episode. I don’t know. I’m just casting random theories into the void, and quite honestly I’m probably way off the mark and then you’ll all laugh at me once the series has finished.
(Edit, 6/26: At the end of “Deep Breath,” that lady said, “Welcome to heaven.” Did she mean that metaphorically, or is there literally a place called Heaven in the Whoniverse? I mean, there was a town called Christmas. Anything could happen, right? She’s already been set up as a possible villain, so will the Doctor meet her there?)
Anyway. The most important issue here is, of course, who’s dying? I really hope it’s not Twelve, because one series is far too short for any Doctor.
There’s another possibility, though. Jenna Coleman, the actress who plays Clara Oswald, has said she’s leaving after the Christmas special, so maybe her character will die. Except… I’m not sure that “Death in Heaven” is the Christmas special. If my calculations are correct, this series will end a few weeks before Christmas. I mean, there’s a chance Clara will die/otherwise disappear from the plot before Christmas
(I am probably a bad person for saying this, but: THAT WOULD BE GREAT) but then again, she might not.
Also, apparently the series eight finale will (SPOILERS) feature Cybermen (END SPOILERS).
P.S. I find it interesting that this series, there’s only one two-part story! Usually there are one or two more…
What do you think of all my wild theories? If you have any predictions of your own, I’d love to hear them!
Oh, and one more thing: Feel free to laugh at me throughout series eight, because without a doubt, at least one of my predictions will later be proved wrong. Hilariously, ridiculously wrong.