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Doctor Who Series 5 Episodes # 10-11

The first episode is “Vincent and the Doctor”. In this episode, Amy is down though she doesn’t know why. So the Doctor takes her to go see  Vincent van Gogh’s work in an art gallery. He sees an alien figure in a window and decides to investigate. Amy is amazed to meet Vincent. She is even more amazed to discover he wasn’t appreciated in his own time and he is a very troubled man. It also seems there have recently been some murders blamed on him. The Doctor figures it is the alien. Amy convinces Vincent to help. That night Amy is attacked by the alien which only Vincent can see. (It seems he can see a lot of things other people can’t.) He sketches what he saw for the Doctor who goes back to the TARDIS and gets a machine that will allow him to see the alien. The next day Vincent is distraught at first at the thought that the Doctor and Amy will leave him. However, he does agree still to help them and starts painting his picture. He spots the creature and the Doctor goes after it, followed by Amy and Vincent. Good thing too since he can spot the creature best. The doctor figures out the creature is blind, probably why it was abandoned. It ends up impaled on Vincent’s easel, much to the Doctor’s sorrow. It dies. That night Vincent describes to his visitors how he sees the world. The next day before leaving the Doctor and Amy take Vincent to the gallery where his work is and he hears the curator’s response to the Doctor’s question about what he thinks of van Gogh’s work. After taking him back to his time, Amy and the Doctor again return to the gallery, but nothing much has changed. Vincent still is  troubled and his life too short. The Doctor says they couldn’t undo everything but they did add good to his life, as demonstrated when a painting now has the inscription “to Amy”.

The second episode is “The Lodger”. For some reason, when the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS into the modern day, the blue box takes off with Amy still inside, leaving the Doctor stranded. One discrete visit to an ATM with the sonic screwdriver later, the Doctor next starts looking for a base of operations. He ends up taking a place with Craig, a normal guy who has a girlfriend but is shy. Craig at first likes the Doctor, but when the Doctor dominates in football (soccer) and sparks the interest of the girlfriend and encourages her to follow her dream of going to Africa, Craig is no longer so happy. Meanwhile, the Doctor manages to create a communications device. The reason the TARDIS acted the way it did is there is a temporal distortion in the area. The Doctor can’t use Time Lord equipment for the most part, so his room ends up looking quite interesting, as Craig notices when he comes to confront the Doctor. It turns out that people have been disappearing whenever they go up to the second story of Craig’s flat where supposedly another tenant lives. The girlfriend gets lured up there and the Doctor and Craig come to the rescue just in time. There never was a second story to Craig’s place. A ship crashed there and has been drawing people to try to pilot it, anyone who wants to escape their life. It recognizes the Doctor as an acceptable candidate, but the Doctor warns if he touches the controls it would destroy the solar system. He has Craig touch it since he doesn’t want to leave but stay with his girlfriend. The two reconcile and the three escape the ship. Craig gives the Doctor a key saying he can come by any time. The Doctor tells Amy to write the note that will lead him to Craig’s house. However, when she goes through his coat pockets looking for a pen she finds the ring Rory gave her . . .

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Doctor Who Series 5 Episodes #8 & 9

The first episode is “The Hungry Earth”. Rory convinces Amy to keep their engagement ring on the TARDIS to keep it safe.Our heroes travel to a near future time when scientists are doing deep mining.  Interestingly enough, a guy went missing from the site without a trace. The guy’s father-in-law is worried, as is the main scientist, while the guys wife and son are worried about graves disappearing. Tremors happen and Amy gets sucked into the earth. The Doctor realizes that there are reptile-humans far underground and the drill woke them. The boy gets taken and the grandfather is stung by one of the reptile-humans, but they capture one. The Doctor decides to go underground to find Amy and negotiate. The others aren’t entirely happy with this. (Except Rory – he knows to listen to the Doctor by now.) The Doctor expects to find a small colony. He finds a whole civilization instead. Most of them are still in hibernation, but the drill set off the alarms and woke the warriors, who look down on humans and think the Earth is theirs.
The second episode is “Cold Blood”. The Doctor and the scientist are captured. The warrior leader wants to kill them. Fortunately, Amy and the first guy captured escape. The good news is that the reptile-human doctor is more reasonable than the warriors. He ends up waking up the leader. Negotiations begin between humans and reptile-humans. And yes, the boy is found and freed. The bad news is that the captured reptile-human goaded the wife into killing her. Realizing this means a probable attack by the reptile-humans, they rig the drill to destroy the underground oxygen supply. When the warrior leader realizes this, she wakes up the other warriors to attack the surface and she kills the reptile-human doctor. However, the main leader rigs things so most of the warriors go back into hibernation. He sets events in motion so that they will be sealed off from the surface. They will try again to be friends with humans in another thousand years. The grandfather decides to stay behind so he can be cured and the scientist decides to stay with him. The family races to the TARDIS before it is sealed. The others follow, but they see a crack in time again. The Doctor manages to pull something out of the crack. The warrior leader ends up shooting at the Doctor but hitting Rory. He dies and then his body starts to be absorbed by the crack. There is nothing the Doctor can do. Once on board, he tries to help Amy remember but a jolt in the TARDIS breaks her concentration. The Doctor later finds the engagement ring . . . The Doctor encourages the family to prepare humanity for their next encounter with their reptilian cousins. The Doctor looks at what he pulled out of the crack in time, and it is a piece from a clearly destroyed TARDIS . . .

Echoes of All Our Conversations #2

This blue volume features a quote and saying plus signature and greeting from Bruce Boxliner, AKA John Sheridan. Once again we have interviews with main actors, guest actors, writers, directors, the people over costumes and wardrobes, set designers, CGI creators . . . This time we get through the end of season two with hints of what is to come in season three. What I find most interesting is they will cover some of the same ground, i.e. what did you think of this particular episode, and JMS will give a different answer from the writer (if he didn’t write it) who gives a different answer from the director who gives a different answer from this actor who was prominently featured in that episode which is different from what the guest actor says . . . Included are a number of casual shots from the B5 photo archive.