Doctor Who : Flux
Chapter 3: Once, Upon Time

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In this episode loads of things were thrown into the pot and it was certainly an intriguing episode to watch.

Often it didn’t make a great deal of sense until you actually thought about it and I am not too sure what you would have thought of this if you came into this with no context.
Lost, I would have thought.

We meet a brand new character in the shape of Bel who by the end of the episode we knew how she fitted into the story but, until that reveal, she could have been absolutely anybody ,and seemed to have the most tenuous link to the first three episodes.

Thankfully at the end we knew where she fits in so it wasn’t just a new character for the sake of it, with no pay off.

The Doctor, Yaz and Dan were thrown back into their own timelines when the Doctor tried to remedy the previous episodes cliffhanger.

The Doctor went back to what was first an entirely ambiguous time, but was with Dan and Yaz and Vinder, on some sort of secret mission on an as yet unknown planet with both Yaz and Dan not acting exactly like Yaz and Dan anyway.

With Yaz it might not be so odd as she has seen a lot of stuff in her time travelling with the Doctor but Dan is not really used to all this sort of stuff.

Yaz is thrown back to Earth where she meets her sister and her police colleagues although they do sometimes change into the Doctor at some point.

The same for Vinder as we get some of his back story and the reasons why he was where he was in the first episode, and introduced a rather interesting character called the Grand Serpent who we see very briefly indeed in this episode.

Dan naturally goes back to Liverpool and meets up with Diane from the first episode and she seems to know that he didn’t meet up with her as arranged which obviously makes it part of Dan’s future.

So the scenes with the Doctor, Yaz, Dan and Vinder were in the far, far, far past of the Doctor’s timeline, and was from the time when she was working for the Division, and was when she encountered Swarm originally so before he was imprisoned.

We also get a glimpse of the Doctor as she was then, i.e the fugitive Doctor, and shows why she didn’t remember those times as she wasn’t aware of where the fugitive Doctor came in her timeline.

Dan was actually Karvanista, or at least a Lupari, which means that Karvanista might well be millions of years old, if it was the same character, which it might well be, but then again might not be, we just don’t know at this point in time. Not that the Doctor know either.

It was great to see the fugitive Doctor and it was nice to be entirely surprised by it as well, which these days its not very easy at all, unless you are Chris Chibnall of course, who is very good at keeping his cards close to his chest.

This episode was a bit of a WTF moment when watched originally but I am certain it will become clearer with time, and with the ending of the Flux storyline.

In a Fix with the Sontarans

Doctor Who Flux: War of the Sontarans

SPOILERS BEWARE
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So in the episode the Doctor, Yaz and Dan land in the middle of the Crimean War but, instead of fighting against the Russians, the allies were fighting against Sontarans, as you do and nobody there thought that was a bit odd, almost as those this had always been the case. Then both Yaz and Dan get spiritied away from the Crimean, Dan back home to the ‘pool and Yaz to a strange location where Vinder had found himself.

This episode was pretty much centered on only a couple of locations rather than the first episode, which was everywhere at the same time. The stuff in the Crimean was rather good and it was shot really well, and you could really see the might of the Sontaran army, and wonder what sort of chance the human army actually had against such a force.

The Doctor also met Mary Seacole there. Mrs Seacole basically spent the episode as the Doctor’s assistant but it was nice that a real historical character was used, if not perhaps in the best way that they could have used her but it if it got people googling her after the episode had ended then that is fine by me.

Back in Liverpool the Sontarans appear to have taken over the whole city itself and for some reason have parked a massive spaceship right in the middle of Anfield, as they have throughout the City. Dan meets up with his mum and dad who are wandering around with a wok which they are using to whack Sonatarans with if they come across one.

Yaz meets up with Mr Williamson who has for some reason been transported to this strange place and has no idea why he is there, and then wanders off and is not seen again in the episode.

First Vinder, and then Yaz, are asked by some flying ornaments to repair something, and then Swarm and his sister, Azure, appear and it all kicks off.

This episode was slightly longer at an hour and lots happens in this episode. There were some great lines in the Liverpool sections such as the way they found out about the probic vent, and the Sontarans apparent obsession with Japanese ciusine, which made me giggle.

In fact all the scenes featuring Dan are just great and he is a really good addition to the crew. He is now the companion closet to my actual age so I can really identify with him more so than with Graham who was a lot older than me.

The Sontarans were very good here, very obsessed with war, which is how they should be portrayed. There was a nice throwaway line about Linx from the Time Warrior and this was the Sontarans at their best, in full battle mode.

We learn about a planet called Time, which the Doctor insists cannot exist. It is clearly the planet that they are all on at the end of the episode but the fact that the Doctor says that it cannot exist, but clearly does that is in the intriguing thing about this episode.

I am certainly looking forwarding to next week episode.

What the Flux?

Doctor Who Flux

Chapter 1 The Halloween Apocalypse

SPOILERS….SPOILERS….SPOILERS

We are chucked right into an adventure where the Doctor appears to be confronting a being called the Karvanista, and then we find the Doctor and Yaz handcuffed upside down by a flying contraption which is starting to fall apart. Naturally it does fall apart and the Doctor and Yaz are flung out destined to be killed to death. However they manage to land in the waiting TARDIS and land on a double bed (yes a double bed well more of a mattress really) which seems to be in the console room, and definitely wasn’t there before when Graham and Ryan were travelling in the TARDIS.

This is the start of the new 6 part story that comprises the current series of Doctor Who and was quite an exciting opening to the series. The episode which followed opened many plot strands for the ongoing series.

First there is the flux itself which appeared to be a planet killing thing which destroys everything in its wake but which the Doctor knows nothing about and plenty of others do.

Then there is the being called Swarm who had been imprisoned for a long, long time by the Division from the previous season who escapes from confinement killing his imprisoners and seemingly renew himself after destroying them.

Then there is the character of Vinder who was the sole occupant of Outpost Rose which was attacked by the Flux and Vinder presumably escaped in an escape pod. Vinder had done more than 2100 reports which could mean that he had been onbard the ship for about sixty years and he don’t look a day over 30.

Then there is the occupants of a house in the Artic Circle one of which appears to be the sister of the Swarm, and also who seemed to be aware of who she was before she was released, whom he rescues.

Then there is Claire a woman who knows the Doctor and Yaz, but from her future, who goes home and is attacked by a weeping angel that is stood in her street as bold as brass.

Then there is Diane a woman waiting for her date who is lured into a an old Victorian house by a ghostly voice who seems to be the sister of the Swarm.

Then there is the Sontaran.s who are told of the oncoming swarm and are very pleased.

Then there is a man in 19th century Liverpool who is building tunnels under the city for no apparent reason.

Then there is the story of Dan, a middle aged man from Liverpool who moonlights as a museum tour (although not an official one), helping out at a local foodbank, but who appears to have nothing himself.

Dan is our new companion and is played by John Bishop and in the episode he arranges a meeting with Diane that evening and goes to his home in the shadows of Anfield where he is some kids trick or treating and some random guy pretending to trick or treat before his door is kicked down and he is kidnapped by a talking dog and taken to his spaceship.

The Doctor and Yaz trace the alien prescense to Dan’s home and then to the ship where Dan, Yaz and the Doctor meet and the story begins.

By the end of the episode it did seem like everything including the sink had been thrown at you but there is a lot of interesting things to be discovered over the next five episodes and plenty of questions to answer.

My favourite bits of the episode were John Bishop’s stuff with the Karvanista and with the adult trick or treater; the fact that Anfield was seen in the show and the throwaway mention of Klopp, Trent and the Barcelona game; all the Liverpool stuff; the actual look of the episodes; Jodie Whitaker’s Doctor; the fact that we are getting new Doctor Who; the intrigue of what it is to come. It has certainly got my full attention.

I hope that all the extant elements are full explained by the end of the story.

Today in Granadaland 1959

In Granadaland on November 6th 1959 broadcasting began at 4.20 with the News in Welsh followed by a programme called Camau Cyntaf which was a Welsh language programme. These were broadcast on Channel 9 only whilst the rest of the day is broadcast on Channels 9 and 10.

Between 5 and 5.55 are programmes for the younger viewers. Here we had Huckelberry Hound and Puzzle Parade a quiz programme for young viewers.

ITN news was at 5.55pm followed by Northern Newscast at 6.05pm. Northern Newscast was Granada’s own news bulletin. There were also bulletins at 9.25pm and 11.05 pm.

Educating Archie at 6.30pm in The Case of the Missing Aunt. This was the television spin off of the popular radio series broadcast on the BBC Light Programme. This is the 8th episode of the second series. 27 episodes were made in total. The series is unfortunatley lost.

Wyatt Earp at 8.55pm starred Hugh O’Brian in an episode entitled Big Brother Virgil. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp to give it its full title was a half hour western series which ran for 229 episodes over six years between 1955 and 1961. This was the 100th episode.

The New Adventures of Charlie Chan at 11.35pm was a British/American syndicated crime drama which ran for 39 episodes. The series starred J. Carrol Naish as the titular detective