I’m watching the scary news about the North Korean situation and getting ready for Doctor Who. Tonight’s episode is called Cold War, which is arguably being made more quaint by every new news bulletin.
I’ll be live blogging the episode as it happens. You won’t have to refresh this page, just sit tight and the updates will pop up by themselves.
And Rich will be joining me… in theory. Even if he’s not home in time, he says he’ll be making wild guesses about what he’s missing.
The BBC have published this brief “behind the scenes” video for Cold War – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cweHoRqlAo4
You might not get a musical episode, Rich, but the monsters from Moffat’s next episode seem to have been borrowed for the Buffy episode Hush. Is that close enough?
Mind you, The Voice is on now and I’ve suddenly gone off all music.
I want that Doctor Who musical episode.
This was very very much a reprise of Hungry Earth/Cold Blood wasn’t it? Just, in the end, we got it right. Or something. Wonder what how report to he Kremlin went and how many were sent to the gulag. And the “South Pole” gag, didn’t we get that at he end of the Hitchhikers movie?
HADS… That was a Troughtonny thing wasn’t it? Combine that with his thing about not taking the TARDIS into battle anymore… Well, I’m looking forward to seeng what plays out in the TARDIS centric episode.
Next week: spooky stuff, and Jessica Raine from Call The Midwife. Her second run-in with The Doctor in as many months – and there’s more to come, as she’s playing Verity Lambert in the upcoming “behind the scenes” drama, An Adventure In Space and Time.
Is this HADS business set up for things to come? I hope so, because it seems like a terrible contrivance for now and I’d at least like to see it go somewhere.
Save the world through talking. And, you know, lots of weapons being pointed at everything. So where’s Miss TARDIS then?
Second consecutive magic singing episode. Oh dear. This can only lead to a musical episode, right?
So basically this is Sarah Jane Adventures, yes?
There are an awful lot of familiar scenes here, but not so many of the submarine cliches Rich predicted. More just general sci-fi greatest hits. As I type, we just got the R2-D2 cum Robocop way of interfacing with tech.
Yeah, last thing we’d want to come out of the Cold War would be a red planet, eh?
Does he have auto-armour, like Tony Stark does now? Will it come to his rescue, like KITT would come for Michael Knight?
Wow, this is rubbish.
Do all the Russian military have such happy smiley photos in their ID booklets?
It’s time for the regulation “companion doubts” episode.
Jack The Ripper Ice Warrior!
That was quick. It forensically dissected a human in, what… thirty seconds at most? With those hands and no tools?
I’m confused about the exchange between the Ice Warrior and the human. It seems like the Ice Warrior wants to exploit the delicate balance of the Cold War, but how would it know about it?
There’s probably going to be an Aliens-y bit too, now that they’re running around a submarine with guns. Must be careful where they fire them.
What is this Ice Warrior actually doing? What is it’s motivation for crouching down and cradling this guy’s head for so long?
It’s all like Alien now. Just not as good.
Its very Alien, isn’t it?
Like an Armadillo or something. Anyway, I blame Margaret Thatcher.
Of course it was armour, Rich. They need some sort of reproductive system. Actually, having said that, if we see the naked one, will it have “facilities”?
I never remember thinking it was armour before. Just… Ice Warrior.
What sort of skinny creature would fit in there? Doug Jones?
Mars does have multiple moons, consistent with Clara’s sucking-up. They’re pretty darn small, though. Phobos and Deimos. Odd that the Ice Warriors would care about them so much.
Clara and the Ice Warrior…. Rose and the Dalek?
Rich, here are the first few lines of Vienna. You’ll see why it was chosen:
Walked in the cold air
Freezing breath on a window pane
Lying and waiting
A man in the dark in a picture frame
So mystic and soulful
A voice reaching out in a piercing cry
Ah, now it gets mentioned. But where is the TARDIS to do the translating for them?
Hungry Like The Wolf…. A little more appropriate than Vienna
I’d probably not carve Skaldack, or Skeldac or whatever into my flesh. Because I don’t know how to spell it.
Martians, Russians, Time Lords, Time Reoccuring Humans, all speaking English, no one even mentions it. Not even a nearby TARDIS to blame….
The original story The Ice Warriors was influenced by The Thing From Another World. I wonder if we’ll see anything from John Carpenter’s The Thing tonight?
The lighting is much better than last week. And these sets have ceilings. The show looks entirely different. Better.
Abandoned by his wife? Poor Doctor….
That’s the Doctor’s answer to using lifts/elevators. Why go up or down when you can go sideways…
I think Matt Smith absolutely nailed “Viva Las Vegas!”
I always get worried that will happen to me when I defrost the freezer. Reminded of The Christmas Invasion, “Martians don’t look like that.”
Aren’t they supposed to be speaking Russian until the Tardis turns up? Isn’t it only the Tardis that translates everything into English?
I also expect some depth charges that need to be deftly avoided.
Beards. These are Russians. There must be beards!
And we can probably expect a countdown to the launch of a deadly nuclear missile, I think.
Aha! They do! Vienna!
We can expect a leak, Rich. Definitely.
It’s a period piece. 1983. I wonder if they’ll have licensed any pop music?
I’m home! It got a bit wet in London and there were lots of river police and police helicopters, thought we’d leave early. Still it looks as if we have a rather wet Doctor Who ahead of us. Brendon, what are the top ten submarine caper cliches we can expect?