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Tonight’s episode is a ghost story, and I like ghost stories. So I’m feeling pretty good about this. Let’s see how it goes…
That’s just this ghost, not all ghosts. This ganger reference reminds me that the Doctors trip to the origin of sentient gangers was to work out what was up Amy. He got answers. This time he didn’t.
But… I would like to know what kind of evolutionary niche would have created a pair of creatures so hideously distorted and apparently somewhat disabled by their corkscrew anatomies. Maybe they’re not fundamentally like this. Maybe they’re disfigured, somehow.
Rich, if there wasn’t anything spiritual about a ghost – ie. a spirit – there isn’t going to be anything spiritual about Clara. But then, did the psychic powers shown in this episode actually qualify as “spiritual” in any case?
So, The Doctor was just trying to get the world’s greatest psychic to work out what Clara is. So there’s nothing mystical, spiritual about her many lives through the centuries. So.. is she a clone? A ganger? Kenny?
Well, that wasn’t too bad at all. I think all of the stuff about Clara was pretty good – the conversation between Doctor and Psychic at the end, for example; and the scene where the Doctor put his arm around Clara.
Even big stick insect alien monster twister face gross creature things need love.
The Doctor explains the facts of life.
I wish they kind of hadn’t spent Jessica Raine like this. She’d have been good to have around more.
The Camp Doctor…. Doctor Ooh I Say!
Matt Smith is wonderful but giving him big expositional speeches isn’t fair.
What made the Tardis change her mind?
The original “There Was A Crooked Man” nursery rhyme was reputedly somehow about Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie and the fight for a politically – and religiously – independent Scotland.
Go on, kiss her. That would give her the psychic strength.
And the Cloister Bell. That’s three for three.
Yeah, this is where the dribble starts. “An echo house in an echo universe. Clever psychic” is just the sort of wibble that I could do without. How about an actually understandable solution to problems rather than some sort of deus ex machina?
We haven’t had a Geronimo in ages. And such a good time to use it…
We’ve had several Pocket Universes on Who before now. Most were home, or playgrounds to, naughties.
And the Eye Of Harmony. Someone’s ticking boxes.
Metebelis Three, hear the Whovians squee…
That was Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hila Tacorian. She was on the official cast list, as was Aidan Cook as “the crooked man.” So I guess that thing we keep seeing is that.
Again, love is special on Doctor Who.
Yeah, I get freaked out when I think about how finite the Earth is. But not as much as when I think about how finite the Universe is. And then nowhere near as much as when I think about how finite I am. There’s no escaping death, is there? Quite a common Who theme in the last few years.
Also, the TARDIS not liking Clara, is that like the TARDIS not liking Jack? Something about her inherent Timey Wimey nature?
Yes it is!
If this is a ghost from the dawn of the Earth, I’m calling Shada on this. And Dirk Gently.
All this, how the TARDIS feels about you, foreshadowing for Journey To The Centre Of?
Isn’t that Ten’s spacesuit?
Was that the second bash on Health and Safety regulations?
Another reference to the Tardis not liking Clara so it’s definitely “a thing.”
The slow developing time of the photo is a nice suspense mechanism. Not really used for suspense here, but it could have worked.
So it’s that kind of haunting. Time for the subtext to become text, eh?
And now the reference to Pigeons was rather Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, right?
This has been on fifteen minutes and there hasn’t been a single clockwork toy, child’s doll or nursery rhyme.
And the black floaty hole was rather Tex Avery.
Sounded a bit like Clara, didn’t it?
That “Clara, I’m not holding your hand” bit was rather Scooby Doo.
“Are you making it?” Maybe it is Clara…
Ghost movies normally make something of the statuary but Doctor Who has so exhaustively “done that” I’m not feeling any threat from under those drapes.
Shame it’s such a sunny day. This could have done with being on in February at this time…
You don’t need to be a psychic to know what they are both thinking about each other. Also, pants on fire, lots of lies going around.
Bang. And we’re in a will-they-won’t-they romance. There was a pretty similar scene to this “lies” discussion in last night’s Not Going Out, in fact.
The Doctor Lies. As, it seems, so do the Ministry.
Well known “well ghosts” include the one in Locke & Key, Sadako in the Ring movies and… er… that boss in Monster Party on the NES.
The ol’ “something moves right past the lens” business. Arguably classic.
Anybody else think this ghost might be Clara? I mean… there were rumours she was a ghost a long, long time ago, right?
The ghost only being seen when a camera went off was quite similar to something in Insidious.
The girls are cuddled up on the sofa in case they get scared. There is no space behind it…
I guess his complete disbelief in ghosts is why The Doctor is having so much fun.
Enjoyed the ghost appearances only on the photos being taken, but flashed together like stop frame… Yes I did, Brendon.
Okay, I know what a Baker Street Irregular is but I’m not sure of all of the other things.
Baker Street Irregulars, our first Doctor Who/Sherlock Holmes crossover?
If they haven’t ever done “Doctor what?”, “If you like” before then ten out of ten to Neil Cross for that one.
No, I don’t know where Rich is.
Is she telling us that Emma is dead? You could take it way, I suppose.
It’s not just a ghost story, but a scientific researchers in an old house ghost story. I love The Legend of Hell House. Hammer’s knew picture The Quiet Ones looks fun too. And of course, Edgar Wright’s Don’t.