Anyhow, tonight’s episode is scripted by Steve Thompson, the man previously responsible for the pirate episode of a couple of years back, The Black Spot. We’re looking for this to trump that. Fingers crossed.
The live blog below will kick off at around 6.30, when the show starts on BBC One. I think Rich will be joining me again…?
The go-back-and-leave-yourself-the-key routine is pretty much Moffat’s favourite, by the look of things. And yes, I’m counting the L-shaped thing as two corridors. If that is indeed what they built.
More than one corridor Brendon?
They’ve generally stated that you can’t do the whole go-back-in-time and tell yourself something trick. Except, of course, when they do. Like Blink.
The BBC have published this “behind the scenes” video for this episode. I’m going to watch it in hopes of finding out how much corridor they built – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkxmOdcIm8U
Doctor Who is fraught with “Well, why didn’t you…?” problems, from the time resets to the sonic screwdriver. Even the regenerations go some way to let tension out of the story.
I wish this had been set in a previous Tardis. This is one of the least visually appealing builds she’s had, at least since the relaunch.
Yeah, course I did, Brendon. I mean the ending was all a load of nonsense, but I enjoyed the Tomb Raiderness of it all.
Problem with resetting time, is the same with Curtis in Misfits, you get to the “well, why don’t you always do that then?” Davies gave us the flying dragons to stop it, Moffat doesn’t like flying dragons…
Did you like that, then, Rich? The episode in general, not just the button?
Well yes, a very literal reset button. It’s like this was written just for me.
You know, Brendon, you’re going to have to write that Paintings story soon…
I give it ten seconds before Rich mentions “reset buttons.”
He is mentioned in a lot of books. And… erm… he’s been painted in a lot of paintings too, eh?
Another series of Doctor Who, another glowing crack.
This reminds me of the white room in Chapter 4 of Neverwhere.
I don’t notice.botched directions. I’m happy.
That nearly-fall was really screwed up by the botched screen direction. She starts to fall left in the close-up, goes to right in the long shot, really diminishing the impact.
All these dead Claras in a time loop remind me of a few other things – not least one of the Resident Evil movies. And a certain Melissa George film. And the C film in The ABCs of Death.
Wow. Is she actually going to die again? That does make sense – we saw her being all sorts of Victorian on the set of next week’s The Crimson Horror.
This reminds me of when I’d try to run through the hot bits of Metroid games without getting the right armour first.
Lucky – it got the “android” and not one of the others.
How many Big Finish dramas can the different TARDIS rooms generate?
Does that really say Big Friendly Giant?
I wonder how much corridor they actually built for this episode? I’m guessing an L-bend with about twenty feet on each side.
“Was her resistance to Clara a time transcendental result of this?” – I doubt it very much.
Well, we can understand why the TARDIS doesn’t like strangers now I suppose. Was her resistance to Clara a time transcendental result of this?
Seems like a very inefficient encyclopaedia. You might find it hard to turn to the exact entry you want, and there would appear to be a rather finite number of times you can consult it.
What did Clara just read? Lucky for us that she turned to that page, eh?
So that’s how he makes sonic screwdrivers…
Here’s that telescope again.
What happens when you look into the heart of the TARDIS? You go all Jean Grey Phoenix.
Some familiar voices there. So Eccleston has made a return to the series… sort of.
Is that the telescope from the Torchwood institute? And finally we see the swimming pool.
Why are all of the shots of the monster thing so annoyingly wobbly and fake-defocused like that?
So, the TARDIS has a menagerie that has got… jiggled?
The Doctor creating his own bomb countdown story? He’s a terrorist mastermind…
Infinite? Literally? How can it have an outside door and a centre, then? One or the other, fine. Both? That’s just screwing with my head.
The red and green lighting areas in the corridors of the Tardis made me think of a particular scene in Paris Texas. Bloody good film, that.
Everyone can outrun a fireball.
Reminds me of the junked TARDISes in the Doctor’s Wife. Quite a lot.
There were real images of people in piles of rubble and destruction on the BBC news just twenty minutes ago…
The Doctor thinks Clara is about the height she would have been when she was a kid. That’s what he sees in these companions, maybe. The little girl inside.
Remember the HADS? Any reason it’s not working now?
Hey look – even laser angle grinders will have round bits at the end. For no reason at all.
Watching on the Iplayer with the girls so probably around thirty seconds out on everyone else. Will have to type faster.
Bad choice of depth of field made everything look miniature in the CG Tardis/claw bit.
It’s not often we see an all black space crew in science fiction. Including the robot. A first for Doctor Who, probably.
How is that music making its way over to them? In the magnetic field thing?
Went to a Vintage Fair in Oxford Town Hall this afternoon. Lots of couples dressed much like The Doctor and Clara in this scene.
Every writer has submitted this story before. Only Logopolis showed us any of it and that wasnt much. Its time to explore the infinite size of…
Anybody else getting a Red Dwarf vibe off of this?
Mrs. Connelly rarely makes it all the way through an episode of Doctor Who. I’ll let you know if and when she gets up and goes off during this one.
Here’s the last thing we wrote about Doctor Who, while we’re all waiting – http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/04/25/what-if-the-eleventh-doctor-is-not-the-eleventh-doctor-speculative-potential-spoilers/