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May 13th, 2017
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After tonight’s almighty cliffhanger in Oxygen, it’s now full steam ahead to next week’s adventure, Extremis, which will kick off an epic three-part adventure.

In the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy, there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life, but now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Veritas appeals to the Doctor, but will he read it? And can he survive the ultimate truth? Meanwhile, the bitch is back…

Extremis airs on Saturday 20th May at 7:25pm on BBC One. Watch its EPIC trailer below…

The void is waiting, and so is our discussion! Review the latest episode, Oxygen »

May 13th, 2017
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The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

Doctor Who Day is here again (hurrah!) and after last week’s encounter with the Landlord, it was time for the Doctor and Bill Potts to swap Planet Earth for the great unknown as they ventured into the void itself. Space, the final frontier…

Tonight’s exhilarating episode had all the makings of a classic Doctor Who adventure, as our heroes (including Nardole, who finally upgraded from cameo to companion) arrived on a doomed space station where the dead were walking and oxygen was running out. Well, if you’re going to so carelessly ignore the conditions of your Vault-guarding oath (and yes, Doctor, we are looking at you…), you might as well do it properly, but it wasn’t long before things went from bad to worse for TV’s favourite Time Lord, who paid the ultimate price…

And poor old Bill, eh? Our companion also went through the mill in tonight’s awe-inspiring adventure, which boasted spectacular special effects, a terrifying adversary and a climactic cliffhanger to boot. But what did you think of Oxygen and all its accompanying deep space drama? Did you find yourself immersed by the intergalactic imagery, or were its capitalistic connotations a waste of your time (and breath)? Rate & Discuss it in the comments below!

You can read what WhovianNet thought of tonight’s episode in our advanced preview here.

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments section if you haven’t seen Oxygen. You have been warned!

May 13th, 2017
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The BBC Media Centre has released the official synopsis for Episode 7 of Series 10, The Pyramid at the End of the World, which will air on BBC One on Saturday 27th May.

The episode is co-written by Peter Harness and Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim.

A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday.

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 13th, 2017
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Thin Ice was watched by an official audience of 5.51 million viewers in the UK, the final BARB ratings have revealed.

The third episode of Series 10 – which aired on Saturday 29th April – was the 25th most watched programme of that week, and the 10th most watched on BBC One. Yet another considerable rise from its initial overnight of 3.76 million, the consolidated figure also accounts for those who recorded the episode and watched it within the first 7 days of its broadcast. The new series continues tonight in Oxygen.

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 12th, 2017
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Series 10 is rip-roaring along at rocket speed and if you’ve been twiddling your thumbs waiting for the Doctor and Bill to escape the (far from) conventional confines of that planet we call Earth, you really are in for a treat this weekend. They may have been to the edge of the galaxy and survived London’s Great Last Frost Fair of 1814 (as you do!), but this time the tension is notched up to a whole new level when they find themselves fighting to the death in the middle of deep space. It’s just another day in the office then, really.

Apart from the fact that it’s not. While Doctor Who is no stranger to setting a story aboard a doomed space station or five, Oxygen is something very new…  and very exciting. The latest exhilarating episode kicks off with Peter Capaldi’s ever booming voice declaring that space is only referred to as “the final frontier” because it wants to kill us, which pretty much sets the tone for what’s to come, in the show’s traditionally morbid sort of way. The void is always waiting…

After all, space really is a dangerous place to be (or so we’re led to believe, anyway…), so it’s nice to have that sense of ominous, impending threat interjected back into the show’s mythos. Let’s face it, we were kind of getting used to the universe in all its weird and wonderful glory, what with Doctor Who being a sci-fi show and all, but all of a sudden what we thought we knew about the great unknown is flipped upside down as we’re shown just how out of our depth us human beings really are when it comes to extra terrestrial excursions. If you take anything away from Oxygen, it’s that space is bloody scary, man, though rest assured that you’ll take far more away from it than that. Far, far more…

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The pre-titles sequence alone is an epic escapade and we’re sure you’ll agree that the stunning scenery wouldn’t look out of place on an IMAX screen in a five and half hour Christopher Nolan movie. The scale of it just goes to show how far Doctor Who’s special effects have progressed over the years and the immersive introduction makes it feel like the series is taking you into space for the first time. It really is the first time for Bill, of course, and her initial reaction is as genuine and infectious as you’d expect. But more on what she gets up to later…

For now, let’s go back to the opening scene which introduces us to two ill-fated characters whose relationship is expertly established in the space (see what we did there?) of three very short – but very eventful – minutes. We don’t learn much about them before it all goes pretty pear-shaped (to put it lightly), but what we do learn is enough to make them instantly believable, likeable and, most importantly, human.

Humanity plays a big part in this episode, just as it has in the four adventures that have proceeded it. Doctor Who has always been rooted in it, of course, but there’s definitely a persistent pattern emerging here. Steven Moffat is seemingly on a mission to shine a light on the morals of mankind in his final year as showrunner, and there’s no finer platform on which to do it than against the breathtaking backdrop of space.

‘Breathtaking’ is another running theme in Oxygen, and we mean that in the literal sense. Time isn’t the only thing that’s running out for the Doctor, Bill and Nardole and what they encounter aboard Chasm Forge is a genuinely terrifying sight to behold. Notice we included Nardole there, as this episode finally marks his first full-length outing of the year. And Matt Lucas continues to smash it. Nobody really knew what to expect when it was announced that he’d be returning as a full time companion, but if your mind hasn’t been put to rest by his brief appearances thus far, this one oughta do the trick. He isn’t just there for the comic relief element either (although Matt provides that perfectly), as his character adopts a much firmer approach to the Doctor’s casual compulsion of breaking the conditions of his Vault-guarding oath. We don’t come any closer to finding out who – or what – lies inside the Vault this week, however we are left with the feeling that the Doctor’s apparent negligence will come back to bite him in a big way later in the series…

By the end of the episode, though, that’s the least of his worries. Amidst the ensuing chaos, something happens to our beloved Time Lord that really gives Peter the chance to shine in a way that he has never been given the opportunity to before. He will probably come close to breaking your heart and the formidable force of this particular performance is more than matched by the one delivered by Pearl Mackie. Her portrayal of Bill is getting stronger and stronger as the weeks go by and it is no exaggeration when we say that she really goes through the mill – and then some – in this one. If you thought Amy Pond had a rough ride, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Basically, we loved it. As expected, writer Jamie Mathieson has returned to the Whoniverse on top form and director Charles Palmer – who last helmed 2007’s Human Nature/The Family of Blood – has added a stellar and stylish space saga to his already reputable résumé of Doctor Who episodes. It only took him 10 years!

As the opening part of what already looks set to be a monumental three-part story, Series 10 is about to take a very dark turn as it reaches its halfway point in Extremis, which is set up as one of the maddest stories yet by its tantalising next time trailer. After this week’s almighty cliffhanger, something tells us that the Doctor is going to need his friends more than ever, but he’ll be sure to keep his enemies even closer. Next time, the bitch is back.

May 11th, 2017
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Doctor Who continues this weekend as our heroes embark on a deep space adventure in Oxygen, and time isn’t the only thing that’s running out.

To prepare you for the thriller that lies ahead, take a deep breath as you check out our 10 tantalising teasers below. As always, one of them is a red herring, and you can let us know which one you think is the fib in the comments.

Oxygen airs on Saturday at the slightly earlier time of 7:15pm on BBC One. Watch the trailer here.

  1. “So, how does space kill you?”
  2. The Doctor gets a new theme tune.
  3. Capitalism in space. It’s The Apprentice meets Interstellar.
  4. Nardole refuses to leave the Vault unguarded so flies the TARDIS back to Earth.
  5. And you thought the sound of Cybermen stomping was scary…
  6. Bill asks what you’ve (probably) always wondered about wearing a space helmet.
  7. The Doctor faces one of his greatest challenges yet… for real this time. But he isn’t going to let it slow him down.
  8. “Not bad for a ***** man.”
  9. Best. Group Hug. Ever.
  10. It ends with one of the most shocking/worrying cliffhangers to date. You won’t know what to think…

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 7th, 2017
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The BBC Media Centre has released the official synopsis for Episode 6 of Series 10, Extremis, which will air on Saturday 20th May on BBC One.

The episode – the first of a three part story – is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim and will mark the anticipated return of Michelle Gomez as Missy.

In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 7th, 2017
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Knock Knock was watched by an unofficial audience of 4.32 million on BBC One last night, according to the overnight ratings.

The latest episode – which guest starred David Suchet as the Landlord – had a 24.9% share of the total TV audience, making Doctor Who the second most watched programme of the day, once again behind Britain’s Got Talent (9.35 million) on ITV, and the most watched on BBC One.

Series 10 continues next Saturday in Oxygen.

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 6th, 2017
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Series 10 continues next weekend as the Doctor, Bill and Nardole find themselves trapped on board a space station where the dead are still walking. Just another day in the office, then!

In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all.

Oxygen – written by Jamie Mathieson and directed by Charles Palmer – airs Saturday 13th May at 7:15pm on BBC One.

The Landlord came a-callin’ in Knock Knock. Rate & Discuss the latest episode –>

May 6th, 2017
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Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

The brand new series continued tonight and the scare factor was notched up to a whole new level as Bill and her friends moved house… and there wasn’t a living puddle, weird robot or big fish in sight. So then, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, quite a bit, as it turns out. This is Doctor Who we’re talking about, so things weren’t going to stay calm for long. The new housemates had barely got their feet through the door before they started disappearing into the walls instead and, as history repeated itself at the hands of the sinister Landlord, the answers lay up in the mysterious tower where a woeful wooden woman hid from the world. And she hadn’t had a visitor in a very long time.

What did you think of the latest episode? Will Knock Knock go down as an instant classic, or were its creaky floorboards too much of a cliché? Share your reviews in the comments…

You can read what WhovianNet thought of tonight’s episode in our advanced preview here.

NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments section if you haven’t seen Knock Knock. You have been warned!

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