Two Heartbeats Between Them – The Prophecy of the Hybrid (Doctor Who)

In advance of the Doctor Who Christmas special coming out in just a few days, I was just thinking about the Hybrid – a new element of the long-standing Doctor Who mythology that was introduced in just this previous season, the second to star Peter Capaldi. Followers of the series know now that the Hybrid was never definitely identified, but some engaging theories were tossed around.  And there are other possibilities out there that were not mentioned, but are worth pondering.

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Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

Remember back in the old days of Doctor Who, when cliff hangers were a regular part of the formula?  Sometimes they were awesome, sometimes they were lame.  But there were so many of them that even when they were lame, there was always another one coming around the corner.

One of the occasionally funny things about the show’s cliff hangers, especially back in the 70’s, was that occasionally they showed you the recap in the following episode, they would add in more footage than you saw before.  I don’t mean in a way that “cheated” with the cliff hanger (though that might happen as well), but I mean in a way that simply made it seem like the previous episode was running over time and they had to trim out a bunch to actually get to the cliff hanger before the episode ended.  I remember in particular an episode in the middle of Jon Pertwee’s swan song, Planet of the Spiders that several minutes of story prior to the cliffhanger scene.

Well, the current series’ most recent episode, The Witch’s Familiar, took that trope and turned it up to 11 by inserting 40+ minutes of story before it reached the cliffhanger scene!

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The Witchs’s Familiar (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway/Jon Hall)

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Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (with Spoilers)

Well, Doctor Who is back!  The season began with showrunner Steven Moffat’s The Magician’s Apprentice, an uneven but overall strong episode that definitely got me excited for the next 11 weeks of television. Continue reading Doctor Who: The Magician’s Apprentice (with Spoilers)