Sunday, 21 September 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Reviews Time Heist!

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Time Heist.

Last night saw the Doctor and his team break into the Bank of Karabraxos in a high stakes time travel heist - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out!

Owen (News & Previews)

Thrown straight into the epic plot from the first few minutes, Time Heist makes sure to sustain it's interesting, unique plot throughout the corridor running, timey-wimey adventure that it is. The title speaks all itself, it's a fun, flamboyant, frisky heist that takes the Not-Dead Team into the future, sent from their pasts (timey-wimey!) Although exciting, Time Heist steals plot points from episodes like Hide without re-imagination however, the episode still thrives from start to finish. Keeley Hawes is an generic, posh villain however adds an aspect of mystery that makes her unlike other villains on Doctor Who. All in all, Time Heist is what it says on the tin (soup!) 8.25/10

Ben (Video & Digital Media)

The idea of the Doctor turning bank robber for a week was a very exciting premise. Although the heist wasn't all that adventurous and didn't seem that dangerous, it was nice to have a gang again, with the X-Men-esque Psi and Saibra. The episode also used some old techniques, like the 'clear your mind' - which was similar to the 'hold your breath' idea - and return of the memory worms, which still look to me like a dodgy prop left over from the 70s. The Architect twist at the end was kind of inevitable, but Karabraxos was a nice surprise. Who'd have thought that [spoiler removed]? 6.5/10

Suman (News)

Stylishly edited and directed, Time Heist is a fast paced episode which plays with the bank heist genre as only a show involving time travel can. It's welcome to see the Doctor (and his eyebrows) firmly taking charge, and Psi and Saibra are both intriguing and likeable additions, making their 'deaths' surprisingly moving. Keeley Hawes does well with her portrayals of both Ms Delphox and Karabraxos, so it's perhaps a shame that the potential of neither character is fully realised. The Teller, meanwhile, spends most of the episode as a genuinely scary threat, but the final revelation that the heist is actually a rescue mission flips that on its head in a thoroughly satisfying way. 8/10

Harris (News)

What brilliance from Time Heist! The whole plot was solid and the direction kept the thrill of the chase present at all times. Of course we had the air of mystery running throughout as to who was behind the plot to rob the bank and why. When you think about it, Capaldi’s Doctor left Psi and Saibra to what they thought were their own deaths when they used the soon to be revealed teleporters. This proves the true darkness of this Doctor. Of course we got comedy as well: shut up, shut up, shuttity up, up, up! 9/10

Patrick (News)

It was always going to be difficult for Time Heist, following on from the phenomenal Listen. By and large, this week's episode succeeds in restarting the series's momentum. A bank heist is the perfect shot of adrenaline, yet in Time Heist, it is not quite maintained to its full potential. Pacing is the major issue here. Just when it seems the titular heist is in full swing, the action is broken. For an episode centered around an idea involving planning and fluidity, to go off without a hitch, Time Heist is not evenly balanced. However, it has never being clearer how comfortable Peter Capaldi looks now as The Doctor. His performance in Listen was a masterpiece, as such I was concerned if he could maintain that. Oh he did. A serene equilibrium has been reached between Twelve's fierce yet caring nature in the last two episodes. This is the formula of Capaldi's Doctor. Ultimately, Time Heist appears to confuse itself, never becoming the true Doctor Who heist of our dreams, despite containing some great writing and acting in the second half with a complex, if somewhat predictable, plot of twists and turns. 8/10

Andrew (News)

Despite its scariness, this episode has wonderful comic charm, with an element of romance and a great final twist. Looking to the beginning and ending you could almost say the Doctor is simply out to scupper Clara’s date with Danny (and ultimately celebrates the fact!). The sinister ‘Architect’ has predestined the actions of the Heist team (The Doctor, Clara, Psi and Saibra) and a plot to rob the impossibly secure kalabraxos bank is precipitated by a phone call to the Doctor (which he surely anticipates). The story becomes a rescue mission for the Doctor though he also manages to redeem Psi and Saibra who are each troubled by an unusual affliction. Peter Capaldi is simply brilliant, and if previous episodes haven’t been enough, I am now thoroughly endeared to the 12th Doctor. He volunteers his mind to be liquidised by the guilt feeding ‘Teller’ - adopted Guardian of the bank, which enables the Doctor to do his thing. There is darkness too in that the Doctor again appears oblivious to death, and not for the first time seemingly abandons Clara. 9/10

And the average score is 8.1/10, the lowest of the series so far by a narrow margin. Our spoiler-free review of The Caretaker will be up mid-week, with our team's spoiler-filled review coming Sunday! 
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Doctor Who: Listen - Final UK Viewing Figures

The consolidated viewing figures for episode four of Series 8, Listen, have been released.

The episode had 7.01 million viewers after a week of timeshifting - that's a massive rise of 2.2 million viewers on the overnight figure of 4.81 million. That's slightly down on Robot of Sherwood, but the timeshift is the highest ever for a regular episode, excluding specials and series openers.

The figure does not include those watching on iPlayer on computers or tablets - Doctor Who was number one on iPlayer for two days after transmission.

[Source: DWM]
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Doctor Who: Time Heist - Question of the Week

WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Time Heist. If you haven't seen the episode, click away now!

We're introducing a brand new weekly feature for Series 8 - every week, alongside our usual after-episode poll, we'll be asking you about the biggest question each episode raises, and releasing the results the following week.


For episode five, Time Heist, we're asking for your opinion on the two guest characters, Psi and Saibra. Both had a special power (Psi was a cyborg, and Saibra a shapeshifter) - and even if the characters themselves didn't want their powers, which one would you prefer - to be a cyborg, or be a shapeshifter, if you could choose? Leave your thoughts in the poll below:

We'll be revealing the results of this poll, along with our rate the episode poll (vote here), on Saturday 27th September. We'll have a new poll for The Caretaker next week!
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Doctor Who: Time Heist - Overnight UK Viewing Figures

The overnight UK viewing figures for last night's episode, Time Heist, have been released.

The episode had 4.92 million viewers on average and a share of 23.5% of the overall audience - that's 110k up on Listen. The episode had a stronger lead-in this week, with Pointless Celebrities instead of Tumble leading into the episode. 

Doctor Who was once again the second most watched programme of the day, behind The X Factor.

Next week will most likely see a major change for the ratings, as the show moves to a late timeslot of 8.30pm with Strictly Come Dancing as its lead in and a full clash with The X Factor.

The consolidated viewing figures will be released next week, where Doctor Who will rise considerably in the ratings.

[Source: @TVRatingsUK]

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Doctor Who Extra: Time Heist

The BBC have released episode five of their behind the scenes show Doctor Who Extra - this week, the show goes behind the scenes of tonight's episode, Time Heist - and you can watch it below:

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Doctor Who: The Caretaker - Next Time Trailer

The BBC have released the Next Time trailer for next week's episode, The Caretaker - and you can watch it below:

The Caretaker airs on Saturday 27th September at 8.30pm on BBC One.
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Episode Discussion & Poll - Doctor Who: Time Heist

Time Heist has just finished in the UK - and we invite you now to share your thoughts in The Gallifrey Times' Episode Discussion & Poll!

You can vote in our poll below and the results will be revealed on Saturday 27th September:

As always, you can comment below by logging in using a variety of services including Facebook and Twitter!

You can also discuss the episode on Twitter by using the #TGTDiscuss hashtag or by tweeting us @GallifreyTimes or of course share your views on our official Facebook page!

If you've not yet seen the episode, we recommend that you don't take part or look at the comments below until after you've seen it.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your views on Time Heist! Our Question of the Week poll and team review will be up tomorrow.
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Doctor Who: Listen - Poll Results

For the past week you've been voting in our two polls for Listen - our 'rate the episode' poll and our Question of the Week poll. We've now closed both polls and you can view the results below:

First up, our rate the episode poll. After last week's mixed reaction (view that here), Listen saw a near-unanimous positive response, easily topping the series so far and rivalling 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor:
  • Absolutely amazing - 66.47%
  • Very good - 24.55%
  • OK - 7.19%
  • Not too great - 0%
  • Awful - 3.18%
Average score - 4.5

Listen's Question of the Week focused on a question left unanswered by the episode - was there a monster in the episode? Was the thing under Rupert's bedspread alien, and was there something monstrous at the end of the universe, or was it just the imagination of the characters? It was a fairly close call, but TGT voters decided that there wasn't actually a monster at all:
  • Yes - 42.57%
  • No - 57.43%
We'll have a rate the episode poll up for Time Heist up straight after the episode tonight at 8.20pm, with our Question of the Week coming tomorrow.
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Doctor Who: Time Heist Poster Revealed

Radio Times have revealed their latest in a series of posters which correspond to the latest series of Doctor Who. This one promotes tonights episode Time Heist.

Time Heist airs tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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Doctor Who: Time Heist Broadcasts Tonight!

It's time to break into the deadliest bank in the universe - Time Heist airs tonight, and to whet your appetite for tonight's heist adventure, here's all you need to know about episode five:

Synopsis (Radio Times)
The Time Lord has never shied away from a challenge - in fact, he's more likely than most to face them head-on. So when he's offered the chance to have a go at breaking into the most dangerous bank in the cosmos, he grabs it with both hands - after all, such opportunities don't come every day, even for centuries-old adventurers. The Doctor won't be alone during the task - lending a hand will be a beautiful shape-shifter, a cyber-augmented gamer and, of course, trusty sidekick Clara. And they will have to have all their wits about them if they're to overcome the bank's deadly security as well as the fearsome Teller - a powerful creature that can detect guilt.
The international broadcast times for Time Heist are as follows:
  • UK - Tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One
  • US - Tonight at 9/8C on BBC America
  • Canada - Tonight at 9pm on SPACE
  • Germany - Tonight at 9pm on FOX (English version with German subtitles)
  • Finland - Tomorrow at 8pm on YLE2 
  • Australia - Tomorrow at 4.30am (simulcast), 7.45pm (repeat) on ABC1
  • Poland - Tomorrow at 6pm on BBC Entertainment
  • New Zealand - Sunday 28th September at 7.30pm on Prime
The full cast list for Time Heist are as follows:
  • The Doctor - Peter Capaldi
  • Clara - Jenna Coleman
  • Psi - Jonathan Bailey
  • Saibra - Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Ms Delphox - Keeley Hawes
  • Mr Porrima - Trevor Sellers
  • The Teller - Ross Mullan
  • Guard - Mark Ebulue
  • Suited customer - Junior Laniyan
Here's two trailers for Time Heist:

And here's two clips:

Be sure to stay tuned to The Gallifrey Times after the episode at 8.20pm for a discussion & poll, episode five of behind the scenes show Doctor Who Extra and the Next Time trailer for The Caretaker!
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Doctor Who: Deep Breath - Live +7 Viewing Figures

You've seen the overnight ratings (6.8 million) and the consolidated figures including 7 days of recordings (9.17 million) for Deep Breath - and now the Live +7 figure, including all viewings on all platforms during the week of broadcast, has been released.

The episode had 10.76 million Live +7 viewers, which included repeats and BBC iPlayer viewings up to 7 days after broadcast, on top of the live and timeshift (recorded) viewings. Few Live +7 figures are available for Doctor Who, but for comparison Series 7 opener Asylum of the Daleks had a Live +7 figure of 9.65 million.

On top of the 6.8 million viewers who watched it live on BBC One and the 2.5 million timeshift viewers (slightly larger than the timeshift reported in the initial consolidated figures), the episode had 970,000 unique viewers on iPlayer and 456,000 viewers from the multiple BBC Three repeats.

Further Live +7 figures are expected to be released next month for more Series 8 episodes.

[Source: Doctor Who News]
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Doctor Who: Time Heist - Preview Clip 2

Today brings Doctor Who fans another glimpse of Saturday's episode, Time Heist, with a menacing creature called "The Teller:"

Time Heist airs on Saturday at 7:30pm on BBC One - be sure to check out The Gallifrey Time's ten exclusive teasers and spoiler-free preview!

Any ideas on who the Teller is? Let us know in the comments!

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Doctor Who: Guest Stars Confirmed For 2014 Christmas Special

A host of guest stars have been officially announced by the BBC for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

Actors Nick Frost, Michael Troughton and Nathan McMullen were revealed to be taking part earlier today via the official Twitter accounts for both BBC One and Doctor Who:

Nick Frost is best known for his work in Channel 4's Spaced alongside Simon Pegg with the pair later going on to feature in director Edgar Wright's 'Cornetto' film trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End).

Frost said of his casting:
“I'm so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, I'm such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream 'No spoilers!' Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan-boy squeals!"
Doctor Who's lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, said:
“Frost at Christmas - it just makes sense! I worked with Nick on the Tintin movie many years ago and it's a real pleasure to lure him back to television for a ride on the TARDIS.”
Michael Troughton's casting in Doctor Who, meanwhile, means he follows not only in the footsteps of his brother David Troughton (Midnight, The Curse of Peladon), but also of course their late father, Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Michael Troughton has also previously lent his vocal talents to the Big Finish Second Doctor audio story Lords of the Red Planet.

The pair will be joined by fellow guest stars Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street), Faye Marsay (The White Queen, Fresh Meat) and Nathan McMullen (Misfits, Casualty).

This year's Christmas special, which will be Peter Capaldi's first full-length one as the Twelfth Doctor, began filming earlier this month. It is penned by Moffat and directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Kill The Moon, Mummy on the Orient Express) and is most likely to air on 25th December as in previous years.

Series 8 of Doctor Who, meanwhile, continues tomorrow with Time Heist at 7:30pm on BBC One.

[Source: BBC]
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Doctor Who: Kill The Moon Synopsis

The BBC has released the official synopsis for the seventh episode of series 8, Kill the Moon:
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.

When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
Kill the Moon airs Saturday, 4 October on BBC One (time TBA), and at 9/8 CST on BBC America.

[Source: Blogtor Who]
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Doctor Who: New Time Heist Preview Clip

The BBC has released a new preview clip for this week's episode of Doctor Who, Time Heist.

The clip sees the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) becoming acquainted with some unusual abilities displayed by their fellow bank robbers, Psi (Jonathan Bailey) and Saibra (Pippa Bennett-Warner).

Time Heist airs on Saturday at 7:30pm on BBC One - be sure to check out The Gallifrey Time's ten exclusive teasers and spoiler-free preview!
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Series 8: Time Heist