Loups-Garoux
Audio / March 3, 2016

Released May 2001 In ‘Loups-Garoux,’ Marc Platt successfully brings werewolves, creatures surprisingly not truly explored up to this point, into the world of Doctor Who, weaving a very emotional and gripping tale in the process. Platt bravely chooses to portray the werewolves as actual people with a dark and primal urge lurking beneath the surface rather than as baseless monsters and in so doing allows a greater degree of individuality and attachment to develop. Lichtfuss and Jorge consider themselves superior to humanity but realize the importance of staying hidden out of sight to survive whereas Inez and Ilaena desire a cohabitation with humanity, Ilaena concerned only about her son. On the far extreme end of the spectrum, though, is the villain of the piece, the ‘Lobo King’ Pietr Stubbe, who looks to rule the wolves and humans alike. The Doctor is all too aware of the threat Stubbe poses, calling him one of the most dangerous beings ever produced, and Stubbe exudes this power through a combination of brutality, charisma, and cruelty. At the same time, though, the wolves are linked to the Earth, Stubbe more than most, and the rather opaque ending in the TARDIS where he surrenders himself…

The Girl Who Died
Episode / March 3, 2016

Aired 17 October 2015 ‘The Girl Who Died’ finally brings Maisie Williams’s heavily publicized guest role to fruition, and although the story offered in the first thirty-five minutes featuring a Viking village battling against the robotic Mire is a solid one, it’s the last ten minutes or so that will surely be remembered in the long run. From the start, it’s clear that the Doctor knows something about Ashildr, and those suspicions are confirmed as she comes back to life just moments after dying from heart failure. Casting a big name in Williams means that this turn of events will certainly have bigger ramifications in the long run- or at the very least in the next episode to close out the two parts. But her return to life brings with it several questions as well. First, Capaldi mentions that his face is a reminder, undoubtedly hearkening back to ‘The Fires of Pompeii,’ but what is it reminding him of exactly? Maybe more importantly, though, is the question of what the Doctor means when he calls her a hybrid. There has been a lot of talk about hybrids since Doctor Who returned to screens in 2005, but just a couple of…