Starry Dreamer

Reflections of a Dreaming Girl

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Deep Breath initial thoughts (slight spoilers)

So just watched “Deep Breath,” the Doctor Who Series 8 premiere…finished it about an hour ago. (I couldn’t watch it right when I got home from work, like I’d planned, cause I was locked out of our DVR). It was really great…pretty funny too. The Paternoster Gang always makes me laugh. Especially Strax. When he hit Clara with the newspaper, I laughed so loud.

Also…did Jenny mention “Paternoster Regulars”?! That caught my ear. That is a Sherlock Holmes reference - Holmes had a network of street urchins called the “Baker Street Regulars” who brought him info. And Dr. Simeon DID suggest Doyle was basing his stories on Vastra’s exploits. Anyway, I wonder if Moffat slipped that in there on purpose. He is definitely a big Sherlock Holmes fan.

Great new take on the Clockwork Droids…they are a lot creepier this time around. Though they never did technically explain the spontaneous combustion.

I don’t know if anyone noticed, but in the beginning, when Vastra realizes The Doctor has regenerated, she says, “Well, here we go again.” This is exactly what The Brig says when he and Sarah Jane watch the Third Doctor regenerate into the Fourth. An homage, perhaps? (Speaking of homages, Twelve mentions that he used to have more “round things” in the TARDIS and that he should bring them back, an obvious reference to the roundels you see on the walls of the TARDIS in Classic Who and also on the walls of the War Doctor’s TARDIS).

Nice that they brought up that thing again of Clara getting the number from the lady at the shop in “The Bells of Saint John”…was hoping we’d get a solution to that mystery sometime.

The cameo from Matt was SO sad…you can sense in his voice just how weary Eleven is in those moments just before his regeneration. (Also, it finally explains why when Clara entered the TARDIS at the end of “The Time of The Doctor,” the outside phone was off the hook…remember, he had been meaning to reconnect it to the inside of the TARDIS that whole episode; that’s why he told Handles to remind him). A great moment though…been waiting for that scene since I first heard the rumor about it.

The very end was confusing though…I guess it’ll be explained later? Who is that lady, and why does she seem to know The Doctor? (It almost looked like she had an umbrella, which, along with her clothes, made me think of all those “Mary Poppins is a Time Lady” jokes).

Overall great start for Capaldi…granted, his Doctor seems a little odd in this episode, but I guess we can chalk that up to post-regeneration disorientation. He shows an equal ability to do serious and humor at any rate.

They said the opening sequence was based on one made by a fan, and when I saw it, I was like “yeah, I’ve seen that before.” It was so short though…I wonder if that was just for this episode or if that will be the norm from now on.

Next week…Daleks and Danny Pink!

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The Martha and Mickey Condundrum

Some people say they don’t understand why Martha and Mickey are suddenly married in “The End of Time.”

But I realized something: Mickey goes with Jack and Martha when they leave the TARDIS in “Journey’s End,” feeling there is nothing left for him in the parallel world since his Gran is dead, and that he’s going to start a new life in our world. So it’s possible he stuck around with Jack and Martha for a while, got to know Martha, and eventually married her.

On a related note, I thought Jack’s comment to Martha about maybe doing something else besides UNIT was a reference to Freema Agyeman’s guest-starring arc in Torchwood, but that actually happened before this, in the second season of Torchwood. The comment was actually meant to set up Freema’s planned appearance in the 2009 season of Torchwood (what became Children of Earth I guess), which never happened. Therefore, they stated in Children of Earth that Martha was on her honeymoon to cover her absence, and replaced her with a different character.

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