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Doctor Who S05 E03 – Heil Dalek

by Dani Denatti May 3, 2017 Doctor Who
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This is the first episode of Doctor Who that I get to recap, and I’m so psyched to join the team that I won’t even complain about it involving stupid Daleks.

Marines: That’s a lot of excitement because UGH, DALEKS. Also, so happy to have you!

Kirsti: I’m super happy to have you too because it means I have to recap fewer episodes of the Matt Smith era!! 

Dani: #Priorities

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Doctor Who S05 E02 – Because the government is up to some shady shit.

by Kirsti April 26, 2017 Doctor Who
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he camera pans over a floating city, with the Union flag painted next to it. We pan over the buildings, many of which are illuminated with the names of counties.

Cut to a school room where all the kids are in 1950s style outfits, sitting at 1950s style desks. A robotic voice praises each of them in turn as they head out the door. One boy hangs back reluctantly. (M: Yeah, boy. I wouldn’t walk up close to that robotic voice either.) A girl gives him a “what are you waiting for?” expression before heading out. He’s the last in the classroom.

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Doctor Who S05 E01 – It’s definitely new.

by Marines April 19, 2017 Doctor Who
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I remember portions of this episode very vividly. I think I took a break between the end of Ten’s tenure and the beginning of Eleven; enough of one that watching this episode felt like jumping into a new experience in more ways than just the changes that came with it. I stopped watching Doctor Who with Matt Smith because we started this recapping project, and I figured I’d catch up to more recent seasons when we got there to recap. I was young and optimistic and thought that would be sooner rather than later. lol.

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Doctor Who S04 Wrap-Up

by Kirsti April 15, 2017 Doctor Who
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It took us more than a year to finally get out of Series 4, partly because we tagged all the Tennant specials into this season, but mostly because we so slow. We did it though and the super struggle bus of getting here only makes this gif dance party celebration all the more earned:

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Doctor Who S04 E18 – Excuse me while I ugly cry.

by Kirsti April 12, 2017 Doctor Who
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After a recap of what happened last time, we jump straight into the credits. Farewell, Russell T Davies era credits and title screen. I love you forever. (M: I’m glad the farewell tour is starting so early!)

DOO WEE OOO!

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Doctor Who S04 E17 – This is a terrible plan.

by Kirsti April 6, 2017 Doctor Who
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We open in space. We zoom past the Moon to Earth. A narrator tells us that in the last days of planet Earth, everyone had bad dreams. Except that everyone forgot because people are dumb. Well, one person remembered. We zoom in on Wilf(!!!!!!), watching happily as a Salvation Army band plays Christmas carols. He hears a maniacal laugh in his head, and shakes himself.

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Doctor Who S04 E16 – Water, Water Everywhere

by Kirsti January 7, 2017 Doctor Who
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I’m going to be upfront about this – I’ve only ever seen this episode once because it scared the living shit out of me while also being not great. So… that’s something to look forward to?

Marines: Well, if it helps, I actually thought this episode was great and hands down the best of the Tennant specials we’ve seen so far. It is also terrifying, though, so 2/2 Snark Ladies agree on that.

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Doctor Who S04 E15 – Stingraliens

by Kirsti January 4, 2017 Doctor Who
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International Gallery. Four armed guards take their positions around a force field meant to protect a big ass golden goblet. I’m going to show you how they are protecting this and you tell me if you see any lapses in security:

Kirsti: As a former museum curator, THIS IS THE WORST SECURITY OF ALL TIME. Why the eff would you spend that much on laser systems and paying security guards and, you know, NOT PUT THE FREAKING OBJECT IN A SHOWCASE WITH BUILT IN ALARMS AND BULLET PROOF GLASS?!?!?!?! Sense: this doesn’t any make.

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Doctor Who S04 E14 – TARDIS 2.0

by Kirsti October 8, 2016 Doctor Who
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And so we enter the weird sort-of season. I honestly can’t remember the entire story behind why there was this series of specials instead of a whole season, but I think it had something to do with David Tennant being cast as Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production and it being far more successful than they’d planned??? Or something?

Whatever the reason, in 2009, there was no actual season.

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Doctor Who S04 E13 – Standing in the rain

by Kirsti October 5, 2016 Doctor Who
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We ended last episode thinking a lot of people might die: Sarah Jane was facing Daleks, the Torchwood team was facing Daleks and the Doctor started to regenerate. After a DOO WEE OOH (K: Officially the most epic cast list of EVER), we join the Doctor as he shoots his regeneration ejaculation into the canister with his hand in it. Rose, Jack and Donna look at the Doctor like WTF.

Sarah Jane is saved by the sudden appearance of Mickey Smith (!!) and Jackie Tyler (!!), who are both carrying big guns and make quick work of the Dalek.

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Doctor Who S04 E12 – #squadgoals

by Kirsti August 3, 2016 Doctor Who
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The TARDIS lands, and the Doctor rushes out in a panic into suburban London, Donna behind him. He’s surprised to see that everything’s perfectly normal. Donna’s too busy being all, “so that was Rose Tyler, huh?” (M: Kinda fair given all the Doctor’s moping over her…) The Doctor says that if Rose is back, it means the walls between parallel universes are breaking down, and they’ll take all the dimensions down with them. He rushes back into the TARDIS. Across the street from the TARDIS, a milk van starts to shake, and the tiles fall off a house roof. The milkman stares up at the sky in shock.

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Doctor Who S04 E11 – Past and Future Feelings

by Kirsti July 31, 2016 Doctor Who
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Future, at an unidentified Asian locale. (K: Hooray! Not!White places are always exciting to me.) Donna and the Doctor are walking through a market and generally being so damn happy and adorable that it hurts me. We know that the Doctor has all of these adventures with his companions and we, as the audience, seem to stop in on them when things go wrong. They reference, though, and there is this sense that there are other, generally “normal” adventures. I know everything is about to go to shit in one moment, but this brief moment of pure travel adventure gave me feelings.

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Doctor Who S04 E10 – Knock, knock.

by Kirsti June 15, 2016 Doctor Who
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You guys, I’m really excited to be recapping this episode for one simple reason – this is the first episode of Doctor Who that I ever saw. I’d had friends telling me for years and years that I’d love it, that I had to watch it, that it was amazing. And I’d always been pretty meh about it. But one Saturday night in 2010, I was home alone in Canberra and had nothing to do (because I’m cool like that), and when ABC News finished, Doctor Who started. And I was still pretty meh about it, but was too lazy to get up and put a DVD on, so I watched it. Conveniently, this is one of those episodes like Blink that requires no prior knowledge of the show, so it was basically the perfect starting point.

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Doctor Who S04 E09 – Everybody lives (again)!

by Marines June 6, 2016 Doctor Who
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We recap part one in the previouslies and then head straight to DOO WEE OOH.

After the opening credits, we pick up right where we left off, with Swarm in a Suit chasing our gang, cornering them in a dark hallway. River stands back and blasts a way out for them.

Little Girl is sitting on her couch and the chase sequence is playing out on her TV. She tells her father that the library is on TV, and he reminds her that the library is all in her imagination.

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Doctor Who S04 E08 – Actual spoilers.

by Kirsti May 25, 2016 Doctor Who
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Unsurprisingly, this episode which features archaeologists and libraries, is one of my favourites. Because it’s freaking amazing.

Marines: I’m with you on the library and the amazing and the favorite and we’re already squeeing and the episode hasn’t started yet. I’M SO EXCITED.

K: Close your eyes, and tell me what you see,” says a voice. The tinkly orchestra tinkles as a little girl floats over a huge city and says that she sees the library. When she opens her eyes, she’s in her living room, talking to a psychologist named Doctor Moon. (M: It’s Colin Salmon, who I best know as Walter Steele in Arrow!)

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