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Review of Sherlock ‘The Empty Hearse’

#Spoilers Alert#

This is NOT an episode I’d recommend to a random non-fan viewer. The focus of this episode is clearly not solving crime, but how Sherlock finds his way back to a life which is not quite the same as the one he left. Having that said, there are definitely something wicked going on and several threads have been laid out very subtly - like the word ‘liar’ popped up on screen when Sherlock did his deduction about Mary, things like that, but we’ll come back to that later. First thing first, the fall.
What a roller-coaster journey the opening sequence is! I was astonished to see Sherlock kissing Molly and for a second I was like ‘oh that’s rather good actually, not surprisingly good, but makes-sense kind of good.’. BTW, the background music is superb. Kudos to David Arnold & Michael Price. Always a treat to the ears. And minutes later my jaw dropped when I realised what Gatiss did there. There have been so many theories floating around on the Internet for the past two years. Some of the fans even use actual satellite pictures to value the set and analyse the fall scene frame by frame. We don’t really leave much room for the writers to surprise us. Still, Gatiss made his best efforts. The bungee rope version and the fan-girl dream version fulfilled their duties to mislead and entertain the audience. This is probably a TV series with the most interaction with its audience I’ve ever seen. The way the production team take advantage of its vast audiences around the world to promote the show and appreciate the fans’ devotion by recognising their voices on the show is actually a classic demonstration of how social media have affected marketing even in the TV industry. The only downside of this is that it sort of raises the expectation of the audience even higher for the ‘truth’, and when Sherlock did reveal the real solution I’m sure I’m not the only one that slightly resonate with Anderson’s ‘bit disappointed’. But Moffat and Gatiss quickly made their response to our response with ‘everyone’s a critic’. And I can’t help but smile at that line when I heard it from Sherlock. Those two, haha. What more can I say? As John said, ‘I don’t care how you faked it’. As long as Sherlock’s back. I mean both the character and the show.
Oh, and the fan-fic version, if you think about that and CBS’s Elementary, in which Moriarty became Irene’s alias and their relationship really did evolve into a love affair, I can’t help thinking whether there is an undertone of that fragment, and laughing. Of all the theories the Internet provided, they chose that one. Maybe it’s just me being mean, but forgive me, I’d like to think it’s their way of saying ‘bollocks’. :P
Benedict and Martin are brilliant as ever. Just look at the subtle changes on Sherlock’s facial expression when he actually set his eyes on John for the first time in the restaurant and the latter’s reaction to Sherlock’s appearance. It’s so beautifully natural to see those two together again. And oooooh, the Belstaff coat! Seeing Sherlock in that coat, it’s just reassuring. And the wink at Mrs. Hudson, haha, lightens up the whole world.
Speaking of the wink, Sherlock has become more human after his fake death and ‘holiday’. Not just because we got the privilege to see his on-/off-screen parents, but also his relationship with Mycroft has changed very delicately. I was laughing like crazy when I realise they were playing Operations instead of chess. And I always love the childhood trifles the writers casually throw in. Makes the characters more real and lovable. ‘How would you know?’ I absolutely love it that Sherlock went through a lot of trouble to subtly remind Mycroft that he also is a human being who needs human company. Awkward Mycroft, yummy.
Lestrade welcomes Sherlock’s return with a pause (I adore Rupert’s expression at that moment, you can see him going from ‘wait, something is not right’ to ‘oh, WTF’), a swear (‘you bastard’) and then open arms, quite literally. I’m touched.
Mrs. Hudson, she now is not just the surrogate mother for John and Sherlock, but Mycroft, too, in a manner of speaking. One of the million things I love about this version of Sherlock Holmes series is Una’s portrayal of Mrs. Hudson. What Sherlock said in the Scandal episode, ‘Baker Street without Mrs. Hudson? England would fall’, is exactly what I felt after I saw the first episode in 2010. I mean, before Una’s version, Mrs. Hudson is always there in a Sherlock story (Remember that, Elementary. Sorry, don’t mean to start a war but I just can’t help it. That’s NOT how you do a SHERLOCK HOLMES adaptation, that’s practically just a normal detective story in which the name of the protagonist happens to be Sherlock Holmes. There’s a difference.), but she almost carries the same weight as the errands boy around the corner. Una’s version is different in such a warm-hearted way.
Molly, oh poor Molly, you are SO not moving on.
Mary. The chemistry between Amanda and Martin makes me smile. Amanda must be under a lot of pressure playing Mary because she has to be good enough for John and clever enough to win Sherlock’s approval. And playing against Martin and Benedict at the same time is… Haha, I guess if I were her, I would feel liberating and stressed at the same time. I remember in an interview she said something like she felt fan girls would probably dislike her character because Sherlock and John’s friendship was too good to have a third party barging in. Well, that didn’t happen. I am absolutely intrigued by Mary. Her reaction to Sherlock is quite cute. And by the time she said ‘I like him’, Amanda has won me over. There should be something more going on about Mary in this series. In the original story, she was heavily involved in the case ‘The Sign of Four’ upon which the next episode is adapted. And Sherlock did get ‘liar’ when he Sherlock-scanned her, so to speak. Also, at the end of the episode, Charles Augustus repeatedly watched the footage and it seemed to me that he was trying to identify either what Mary shouted or who shouted ‘John’. Either way, his focus was not Sherlock, I think. Given Charles Augustus’ reputation and the fact that Mary was the one who got the message, it makes sense that John was abducted because of Mary instead of Sherlock.
As said in the beginning, this episode is mainly about Sherlock returning and John’s reaction to it, so it sort of explains why Moran didn’t play a huge role and the crime-solving part of plot is not as satisfying as the previous two series. Sherlock just comes back and a new baddie just creeps in, so lots of things needs to be restored. I can live with that. For now. Hope the next two won’t be like this, though. Let the wheels turn.
Lovely nods to the original story: the patient in John’s office,Mycroft saying ‘Elementary’, Sherlock mentioning the Japanese martial arts, what else?
Bravo, Mark Gatiss. And thank you, all of you in the crew, for bringing Sherlock back. :)
BTW, who’s the lady in the painting hanging on the wall in Mycroft’s office?
And, ‘What life? I’ve been away.’ Kinda make me want to punch and kiss him at the same time.
Love the past dialogues playing in the background when John and Sherlock miss each other:) Not sure about the quick montage of London underground, though. I mean, there are probably too many of them and they switch too fast, it starts to give me a headache.
The underground terror cell. I don’t know why but I didn’t take ‘underground’ as ‘secret’ at all. Quite silly, now to think about it. Probably because they mentioned London Underground too many times? Anyway, I didn’t realise I missed a punch until Sherlock emphasise the word ‘underground’.
Derren Brown. Poor Derren Brown. They use him as a cover story in The Day of the Doctor as well, don’t they? lol
And one last thing: Goodbye, Andrew’s Moriarty. I’ll miss you.
Yeah, I can be sentimental sometimes.

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Doctor Who Light Show at Vivid Sydney

From 6.50pm on Saturday 1st June, 2013, Doctor Who was seen as never before. The Doctor was projected onto Customs House Sydney. Watch the Doctor travel through space and time encountering some of his famous foes.

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Four years. Three seasons. Two hearts. One mad man. Thank you, Matt Smith. Because of you, bow ties were never cooler.

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New poster by Sof Andrade. Free shipping over the weekend, as well! Check out more posters and make an order at her shop!

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New poster by Sof Andrade. Free shipping over the weekend, as well! Check out more posters and make an order at her shop!

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The Shut Up And Take My Money Doctor Who Link of the Day: TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock

This amazing Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock for fans of the hit BBC show Doctor Who projects the time and the Doctor Who logo onto your ceiling via a projector hole situated on the back. When the alarm goes off, the light flashes and it makes TARDIS sounds! This is one awesome alarm clock that all Whovians should own! Requires 3x “AAA” batteries, not included. The Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock stands approximately 4 1/2-inches tall.

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The Shut Up And Take My Money Doctor Who Link of the Day: TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock

This amazing Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock for fans of the hit BBC show Doctor Who projects the time and the Doctor Who logo onto your ceiling via a projector hole situated on the back. When the alarm goes off, the light flashes and it makes TARDIS sounds! This is one awesome alarm clock that all Whovians should own! Requires 3x “AAA” batteries, not included. The Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock stands approximately 4 1/2-inches tall.

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Whattttt? how did I not know about this?

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Quick note: the lines don’t have to point upwards and straight next to each other, you can point them in any direction you want. 

I’m getting a tattoo in circular gallifreyan this week.

Here’s what doesn’t make sense. Why would Gallifreyan use english phonemes or any Earth phonemes? And aren’t these just English words represented through circles? Wouldn’t the word ‘bow’ look different in Time Lord because it’s not pronounced the same because it’s in a different language? Also who made this and does it have anything to do with the show or is it like fan-code?

These aren’t rhetorical accusatory questions, I think it would be cool to know. Did someone like pause a lot of episodes and chart the circles or did the show consult a linguist?

So I got curious after seeing your message and decided to research it.  As far as I can tell it was created for Doctor Who in 2005 but was fan-made. (This may not be correct but it’s as much as I have found.)  The farthest I could trace the source back was to Catherine Bettenbender.  I assume that Gallifreyan is like any other language and the words would look different in the Time Lords actual language, so yes this translation is just English words represented through circles.

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Review of Doctor Who ‘Hide’ [spoilers?]

Hide. Now THIS is how you do a proper scary Doctor Who! Right there. Fantastic! This is actually the first episode that paid off for all the pre-air promotion. The ‘scariest’ story, you realise they say that every time when they’re about to air a new scary episode, don’t you?

If the majority of viewers cast a doubt on Neil Cross last time in the Rings episode, this time he absolutely nailed it. And this is actually his first story. They brought him back for the Rings story. Haven’t seen an episode with so many things happening since, like, forever. The birth to death of earth, the love story between Alec and Emma (did I got the names right?), the quarrel between Clara and the Tardis, the Eye of Harmony, witty lines from Clara, 10th space suit back, the Doctor being scared, and at the end of the day what a lovely twist! ‘Every lonely monster needs a companion’ (Rings a bell? As ‘Every fairy tail needs a good old-fashioned villain’ in Sherlock 203). Many little nods to the classic era. Well done! Neil Cross. Very well done indeed!

Jamie Payne. There were quite a lot shots that were stunning in this episode. Jamie Payne earned the credit without questions. Opening sequence gave me goose bumps. And the scene in the forrest? I’ve got hair stood up on my neck. That haven’t happened for a VERY long time in Doctor Who. Do think that chase scene lasted too long, though. Just cut it a couple of minutes down would work better for me.

Matt Smith and JLC continued being effortlessly wonderful. Funny enough, this is JLC’s first episode recorded. She’s an absolute joy to watch. The mystery around Clara continued. Pitty there was little revealed in her little fell-off with that old grumpy cow. Haha. The Tardis got an attitude. Wonder what’s gonna happen in the centre of the Tardis next week. Got no idea what Moffat’s been up to, but now I AM certain 50th anniversary is in the safe hands. 

Tardis has gone funny now. Ever since Gaiman’s The Doctor’s Wife, her personality just grew stronger and stronger. Having that said, we’ll probably get the answer to why the Tardis exploded in Big Bang two-parter after all. If that’s the case, I mean, wow… Seriously, wow… I know Steven Moffat is a genius, but could anyone be that genius? Building up since day one all the way to the 50th anniversary? Wicked.

Eccleston will be back next week, featuring a voice o(╯□╰)o I know! But still, always happy to see someone from the past in DW. And I really hope they could throw some hints about who Clara is next week. Can’t be the Doctor’s daughter. Otherwise how could they possibly make that kiss not weired?

Tennant and Piper back for 50th anniversary. I just can’t stop smiling every time I see a picture of Tennant and Smith together. SO HAPPY. I’ve forgotten how much I enjoyed Tennant’s Doctor until I saw him on set. No matter how much I love Matt Smith now - yes, one does remember how one used to feel about him, Tennant will always be MY Doctor. Haven’t seen Piper on set yet. Hope she’s still got her accent.

Anyway, this is getting better and better every week. Keep going like that and 50th anniversary is gonna be amazing.

Clara being Bad Wolf?

Seriously, after last night’s episode, how many of you are thinking about that theory?

So what if Clara is the Bad Wolf? That’ll make perfect sense. Remember Rose said ‘I am the Bad Wolf. I create myself. I take the words. I scatter them in time and space.’ Just like Clara scattered across time and space.

And Moffat kept saying that in this series the Doctor’s biggest secret is in jeopardy. Well in that case, wouldn’t it be sensible that Rose once again sends out the warnings.

And now I’m seriously considering the possibility of Rose being ‘the woman in the shop’ who gave Clara the Tardis phone number.

The TARDIS and Clara have a relationship. Actually I don’t think we’ve talked about this in interviews before. It’s something that’s running through the series.

Instead of it being like, “Does so-and-so like Clara?” The TARDIS and Clara have a bit of a face-off. So, the Doctor is obviously bringing back somebody new. I think we’ve done a whole additional content scene of me talking to the TARDIS, and the TARDIS is making fun of Clara. They kind of have an argument. They’ve got a relationship individual to the Doctor where they have a dialogue.

- Jenna-Louise Coleman in an interview with TV Guide

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The Tardis making fun of Clara? Could Clara be another Tardis trapped in a human body? It would be fantastic for the Doctor having a Tardis as a companion in the 50th anniversary year.

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