An interesting mishmash of the RTD and Chibnall eras! I appreciated the shout-outs to Rose (man, who would have thought we’d still be getting those in the year 2021?) and to Gwen Cooper. Oh and seeing some of the old rogues gallery was fun as well. Wonder what that one Weeping Angel in particular did to get itself thrown in prison? Maybe it’s the one that turned into the Statue of Liberty.
Jack was really the highlight of this episode for me at least, I assume based on his lack of a real goodbye to the Doctor that he’ll be back? I hope so. I loved the scene between him and Yaz. Guess Thasmin (or whatever it’s called, I quite like Yazteen) might really happen after all?
Hooray, Graham didn’t die! I’ve been expecting him to do so for a very long time but he didn’t! He and Ryan left in the best way they could’ve done really. I never really thought Ryan enjoyed the space adventures that much, why would he, one of ’em killed his gran. Oooh it was good to see Grace again too, even if just for a few seconds. A nice way to bring everything round full circle.
Oh and now there’s about to be another companion on board!
So that’s interesting. And lastly…
I appreciate that this episode got political but I don’t think they pushed it anywhere near hard enough. The concept of government-sanctioned security Daleks killing protestors, that’s huge, enough for a whole series of its own. And what with Robinson and PM Jo representing the worst parts of the American and British political systems respectively… I dunno, I just thought there’d be more. Don’t forget, the Daleks were straight-up stand-ins for Nazis originally.
Doctor Who returns on New Year’s Day in the upcoming special Revolution of the Daleks, and this adventure will be the last for Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, who played Graham O’Brien and Ryan Sinclair. In an interview below brought to you in association with BBC Cymru Press Office, they talk more about the Daleks’ […]
I swear this was a “confirmed” story for ages but now it’s really confirmed I guess? I’ll be sad to see them go, not least because it doesn’t completely feel like we’ve really gotten to know them yet, especially Ryan.
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This is gorgeous artwork and man I gotta read these comics when everything is over and I can get to a comic store, but something was bugging me about this cover and now I know what it is: it looks like Graham’s old-man wrinkles, of which he has plenty, have been airbrushed out in some way! #LetGrahamHaveHisWrinkles
The BBC has released a decent sized gallery for Ascension of the Cybermen and in my eyes it has a steampunk aesthetic. I’ve seen comments about Ryan in a strange alien machine looking like he’s strapped in for cyber-conversion. Given someone else is also shown in a similar (the same?) device, I think it might be a remote control and a nod to his game console skills. No doubt they’ve left out something important (the Master anyone?) but I’ve got a good feeling!
I remember last year I was sitting in a cafe and the people next to me started talking about the new series of Doctor Who. I eavesdropped (I couldn’t not, it was quite a small cafe) and one of the blokes said the show had become “too PC.”
He said this in Leicester. In LEICESTER! He had only to look out of the window and there were tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around right under his nose. And Doctor Who is currently using Sheffield as its home base, where there are also tons of Yazs, Ryans, Graces, and tall blonde snappily-dressed women walking around .
See, I hear that a lot about Doctor Who these days – “Too PC! Too pandering!” and I just fundamentally don’t understand it. Like, if you want to complain about the plots, go ahead! Every Doctor Who series is a very mixed bag and honestly I thought the one with the killer bubble wrap was pretty silly too. But who is it pandering to? Women? People of colour? In that case, in what way was the original Doctor Who not pandering to white men?
I think really Mandip Gill, aka Yaz, said it best:
But I just fundamentally don’t understand how someone can walk among all different kinds of people and then decide he doesn’t want those same people to be in the sci-fi TV shows he watches.