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bionicbob Wrote:Less than a week to go.... Smile

......to the end of life as we know it. Glad you're excited.
reave Wrote:......to the end of life as we know it. Glad you're excited.

Don't worry, I plan on jumping into my TARDIS on the 21st and rebooting the Universe.
All will be good. Smile
I actually saw an Internet meme on Facebook that said:

"When you get up on the morning of Dec. 22, run outside your house and yell, 'He did it! The Doctor saved us!'"
Just finished watching the Snowmen, and had a great time!

Thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Again the "fairy tale" feel of Moffett's run is very strong.

I want a Vasha series now!!! LOL! Though I have to ask my far more knowledgeable Whovians, has Sherlock Holmes (or Arthur Conan Doyle) ever appeared in the old Doctor Who series?

The mystery of Oswin continues.... I wonder if it will connect in anyway to the Silence storyline/prophecy from the previous series? It is odd that so far it has been generally ignored, unless you counted the repeated question of "Doctor...who?".

Also, I am assuming the unresolved "Great Intelligence" thread will lead to the Big Bad for the series? I wonder if it will be a returning foe or a new villain?

The new TARDIS design is nice. The console looks even more like a throw back to the 1970s and 80s, while the rest of the interior is very fantastical in design.

Really looking forward to the remainder of series seven in April.Smile
Still thinking about the episode, but definitely an intriguing way to (sort of) reboot the series without changing Doctors.

Not sure about Conan Doyle or Holmes per se, but the Victorian setting and (at one point) the Doctor's outfit had me immediately thinking of the classic The Talons of Weng-Chiang, in which the Doctor investigated a mystery while dressed like Holmes:

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At last a doctor who christmas special that didn't have me losing attention. Smith's first outing felt like an excuse to sell Cat Jenkins albums and last years was just silly.

Oswin feels more like the type of character they wanted River Song to be, but didn't quite know how to execute as a character, she's going to be an excellent sidekick, potentially the best of the nu who run. Roll on 2013.
[SIZE=3][FONT=calibri]I thought that it was terrific. (spoilers ahead)

Clara is great fun (and, yes, I've already fallen madly in love with her); Strax is hilarious; I thought the Snowmen were creepier than they originally looked in the previews; I loved the one-word response "Pond"; I was completely taken off guard by Clara dying again; and I think the new mystery -- about how and why she keeps appearing throughout the universe -- is an intriguing one.[/FONT]

[FONT=calibri]I loved the new opening titles, especially with the hint of Matt Smith's face, hearkening back to the days of many of the classic Doctors having their faces in the opening credits. [/FONT]

[FONT=calibri]I loved the new TARDIS interior. The console is very retro (which is perfect for the 50th anniversary season), but overall, the interior has a completely distinctive look to it.[/FONT]


[FONT=calibri]My only complaint is that Richard E. Grant didn't have a lot of interesting things to do. He performed his role well, but the character didn't have a lot of depth to him. But other than that, I was quite happy![/FONT]

[/SIZE][FONT=calibri][SIZE=3]2010's "Christmas Carol" is still the home run of Christmas episodes, but this one was a solid base hit.

Bob: To more fully answer your question, I investigated Sherlock Holmes at the TARDIS Wiki (which I highly recommend to anyone). Apparently, he's been treated as a real person in many of the comic books, novels and audio dramas, but he's never been seen onscreen in the series. This episode was his first mention in the new series, and Moffat treated him as flat-out fictional -- which is a hilarious in-joke, since Moffat also writes the BBC's Sherlock in which he's very much a real person!

According to this episode, Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock and Watson on Madame Vastra and her companion, but according to one of the audiobooks, Doyle based the character on Jago and Litefoot, two characters who first appeared in the above pictured classic story "The Talons of Weng Chiang"!

As for a Vastra spinoff, Moffat even mentioned that very idea to the head of BBC, who loved it, but then Moffat realized he's already too busy. As for me, I just want more episodes of Doctor Who per year. And I want more of Strax, too. Smile
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watched The Snowmen this morning. have to say that enjoyed it immensely. it was definitely a much better episode than The Doctor, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. still haven't seen 2010's A Christmas Carol just yet. going to be getting around to it soon. Clara is a great character. Definitely fell in love with her character. i actually enjoy and like Clara a lot more than I did River Song. She's already one of my favorites (tho, still miss The Ponds). enjoyed the one word response too.

Strax is a great character. as well as Vastra. would love to see more of them in the series. only wish that The Snowmen was a little bit longer. and that we get more Who episodes.
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is November 23, 2013.

On Clara Owsin's tombstone it states her birthday is November 23.

It also states she was 26 when she died.

Doctor Who was cancelled in its 26th season.

The plot thickens.... ;-)
Interesting stuff, Bob! And since Moffat has been documented as planning what he wanted to do with the Doctor many, many years before he became showrunner and is well-known for paying attention to obscure details, it's almost certainly not coincidental...

I wonder whether that also gives us another clue: November 22, 1963 was when Doctor Who was supposed to premiere, but it was pushed back a day due to the assassination of JFK. Lee Harvey Oswald and Clara Oswin Oswald...hmm...back to another "kill the Doctor" plot somehow, perhaps?