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Dear DocBlogger:

She’s gone and I don’t know what to do. I’m angry and alone. I confess, I never thought we’d be apart. I feel like I’m just going through the motions.

Lonely in Louisiana

 

Dear Lonely:

It may feel like an eternity before you’re “you” again, but have faith in yourself. You’ll find your way home.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

This was just heart breaking. I knew I was in trouble when Steven Moffat’s name flew across the screen at the opening of Heaven Sent. There was nothing heavenly about this episode and nothing but first-class acting, a suspenseful plot and a surprise ending that had me shouting at my television. This is probably one of my favorite episodes of the Capaldi era, so maybe it really was Heaven Sent.

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Dear DocBlogger:

Together we can solve any problem, I know that. He’s brilliant and I have complete confidence that he will come through. It’s what he does. What we do together. Lately I feel like I’ve been getting a little reckless, but it’s exhilarating! He’ll always come through in a pinch, right?

Invincible in Indiana

 

Dear Invincible:

Pressing your luck is never a good idea. One day your time will run out.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead Sweetie…

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs you know what I’m going to say here. This should be the end for Ms. Clara Oswald. Not that I haven’t really enjoyed her. In fact, now that Face the Raven has us facing the music, I’m not sure I want Clara to go. If anything, this episode is preparing us for the inevitable.

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Dear DocBlogger:

I’m so tired of being the voice of reason. Sometimes it seems like all the people around me are sleepwalking through life. I’m worried that at some point my vision may get clouded.

Dazed in Delaware

 

Dear Dazed:

Keep your wits about you. Before you make a major decision, sleep on it.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

Sleep No More was so Blair Witch for me I was getting dizzy. I’m sure that was the point — disorientation and uncertainty accomplished through multiple camera perspectives and a lot of jostling around. Overall, it left me unsettled, as intended, but also dissatisfied.

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Dear DocBlogger:

Sometimes I am amazed by how much he has suffered and the pain he has gone through. He tries so hard to protect me, protect everyone, really. How can I show him how much I appreciate him?

Concerned in California

 

Dear Concerned:

He sounds like a tortured soul. Give him room. Don’t box him in.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

While The Zygon Inversion rehashes a theme that we’ve seen many times – the futility of war and conflict – it offered us a chance to see Capaldi really turn it on. His passionate pleas, his facial expressions, just the raw emotion his angry eyebrows conveyed allowed me to connect with him in this role on a deep level. The writing was excellent, and Capaldi rose to the challenge by ensuring that the ton of dialog didn’t end up being just a bunch of chatter. All in all, although the moral remains the same, the story was fresh and the plot was twisty enough to keep me engaged.

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Dear DocBlogger:

Something’s changed and my dear, sweet girl has been replaced by a completely different, dare I say “evil,” twin. How can I get her back before it’s too late?

Switched in South Carolina

Dear Switched:

Talk to her. Help her through it. But keep an eye on her in case she shoots you in the back.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

When I saw the teaser for Zygon Invasion last week, my first thought was “How are they going to bring my beloved Osgood back from the dead?” Silly me, this is Doctor Who, where the dead are recycled on a regular basis and the points don’t matter (stealing that from Who’s Line Is It Anyway, in case you were wondering). Regardless, Osgood/Kate/Unit versus the red sucker Zygons is a ton of fun. And Evil Clara, you are a thing of beauty.

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Dear DocBlogger:

First he saved me and then he abandoned me for so long it felt like an eternity. But now he’s back. I want him to apologize and beg me to go with him, but he won’t. He’s stuck in the past and doesn’t see the real ME.

Furious in Florida

Dear Furious:

If you’ve changed, chances are he has too. But perhaps this one just isn’t meant to be.

DocBlogger

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Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

Well kids on the outset, The Woman Who Lived, sequel to The Girl Who Died, seemed like the most traditional episode so far this season. While it didn’t offer the jaw-dropping stylistic changes of the previous two episodes, it instead gave us an opportunity to see the Doctor argue with himself through the character of Lady Me/Ashildr and basically hold himself accountable for his crappy behavior over the current and last season. I believe this was a turning point for our Doctor, who had begun the journey of remembering himself in The Girl Who Died and finished it as a lesson to be taught back to Ashildr in The Woman Who Lived.

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Dear DocBlogger:

I’m getting worried. He used to be so much fun, always joking around, but now he’s moody and anxious about following the rules and not making waves. What should I do?

Worried in Wyoming

Dear Worried:

Remind him of who was in his “former” life, then be strong and hold him to the mark.

DocBlogger

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In the words of Penny from The Big Bang Theory: “Holy crap on a cracker.” This little episode was just doing its thing, being all formulaic Doctor Who, and then “wham!” I mean I was on my feet and yelling at the screen when 10’s face lit up my TV and Donna’s voice came pleading behind him. And then there it was, Capaldi’s Caecilius (yes, I looked it up) from Fires of Pompeii, and I thought “O.M.G. they’re actually talking about it?!” I couldn’t believe that Moffat was dealing with the elephant in the room from the beginning of Capaldi’s reign – the fact that he played another character in a previous episode. And I thought the Doctor talking directly to the audience was shocking. Truly, this season is going to kill me.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…

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Puzzled in Pennsylvania

Dear DocBlogger:

He’s such a risk taker, but sometimes I don’t think he realizes how much of a risk I’m taking too. He does things he knows he shouldn’t for all the right reasons, then won’t do things he should for all the wrong ones. It’s like he’s this paradox.

Puzzled in Pennsylvania

Dear Puzzled:

It sounds like he’s taking his own advice. Help him pull himself up by his bootstraps.

DocBlogger

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Before the Flood reached out to me, grabbed me by the shirt and shook me around, then threw me back into the sofa and dared me to question its authority in the first 10 minutes. I looked around to get the license plate of the truck that just hit me. More on my thoughts concerning the format and content of the introductory scene in a bit, but I’ll tell you, I don’t ever want to be in the bathroom when another Doctor Who episode starts.

Spoilers ahead, Sweetie…