The Doctor’s Companion Ep. 124 – The Gandalf Intelligence

doctorscompanionrssEverything is new again but Scott and Matt can’t shake a familiar feeling from the 2012 Matt Smith Christmas Special “The Snowmen”.

The Doctor has retired to to Victorian London, refusing to take on any more companions or help anyone at all anymore, until he meets Clara Oswin and the two of them become involved in a sinister plot involving evil snowmen. Will Clara convince the Doctor to come out of retirement and save Christmas? Who or what returning villain is controlling the snowmen? What do we think of the new TARDIS, theme, and opening credit sequence? Find out in the latest episode of The Doctor’s Companion! And remember, BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!

Next: Jon Pertwee and “The Ambassadors of Death”!!

6 thoughts on “The Doctor’s Companion Ep. 124 – The Gandalf Intelligence

  1. I’m finding Clara to be a little too much. The term manic pixie companion was thrown out in the AV club comments and I think it fits. She’s a little too much Moffat’s idea of what the Doctor’s ideal companion would be in terms of personality and the mystery attached to her. This could just be the natural evolution of the kind of women Moffat likes to write River > Amy > Clara but I’m trying to give Moffat the benefit of the doubt (yet again) that maybe she’s supposed to be a little too good to be true. She seems like more a construction of a companion then an actual person and again that could just be the flaws in how Moffat writes women but I’m wondering if she’ll turn out to be a trap of some kind?

    • Like a living Pandorica? I would rather like that actually. A lot. I doubt Moffat will have something that smart up his sleeve, but we can hope. Great theory, though. Many kudos!

  2. Clara was dead. Madame Vastra even said it after Clara fell. The way I understand it is that the device (or devices) that Strax was using resuscitated her and was only able to keep her alive for a little while.
    And is it possible that Clara could be some type of Auton? We’ve seen ones that are lifelike before and maybe there’s something with that that causes her to use certain phrases over again?

    • It’s possible she’s an Auton, but I doubt it’s so out of left field as all that. I’m more inclined to believe she’s a manifestation/anomaly within the Great Intelligence (which was a vibe I got the first time) than a repeat of Autons.

  3. It was nice to listen to you guys express almost exactly how I feel about this special. The Doctor doesn’t mope and pout about losing someone. Amy was not that special – and now he’s got another young, pretty thing that sticks her tongue down his throat. I personally am not interested in Clara or her story and keep hoping that Moff has something wonderful planned for the big anniversary and doesn’t make it a big clusterfuck of nonsense.
    Thanks for the work you guys put into making the show. I love listening to you even if I don’t always agree with everything you say. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Bobbi! Good to know we’re not completely crazy and that SOMEONE is in our camp on some things.

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