Doctor Who History-The Night of the Master

The Doctor decides to test Missy’s redemption-by having her respond to a distress call, just like he would. The distress call ends up being on a ship trying to break away from a black hole, with a terrified pilot at the helm.  Missy’s style is a bit different, to say the least, and does little to calm the situation.

 

The pilot asks if any of them are human-Missy isn’t, of course, and Nardole is sort of a cyborg-but Bill is. In response, he shoots her in the chest, creating a hole.

She’s then taken by mysterious, white robed and masked individuals who state they can repair her.

The Doctor, Missy, and Nardole soon figure out that the ship is in a state of time dillation due to the Black hole-while only seconds pass for the Doctor and co. on the bridge, time moves much faster on the ship’s lower levels. A repair crew on the ship, sent down not too long ago, became a fully functioning city, although a polluted one, where various citizens are being ‘repaired’.

There, Bill befriends Mr. Razor, an employee at the hospital there, and the two observe via TV the Doctor’s extremely slow movements (from their POV) over the next decade. Bill also has machinery fixed to her chest to replace her destroyed organs. Eventually, Bill is betrayed by Razor into undergoing the next step of the procedure.

Eventually making their way to the bottom of the ship, The Doctor and Missy investigate the hospital, discovering that, in fact, the ship is from Mondas, the original Cybermen planet, and the patients are undergoing conversion to original Cybermen.

Missy, meanwhile, meets “Mr. Razor”, who is in fact, her earlier incarnation, the Master…and is very worried about his future.

The Doctor is then confronted by a Cyberman and both versions of the Master-and the Cybermen reveals that she is, in fact, Bill potts, and that she ‘waited’ for the Doctor.

The two quickly knock the Doctor out and tie him up, although Missy’s blow manages to have the Doctor’s hand land on a computer console….

As the two villains dance on the roof, the Doctor figures out what’s been going on, connecting the dots from the last time he faced this particular Master incarnation. After being sent back to Gallifrey’s “Time lock”, The Master’s degenerative illness-the one that made his skull translucent and made him shoot lightning bolts, as well as ravenously hungry-was ‘fixed’, and the Master fled Gallifrey, eventually ending up in the bottom of the ship here, where he turned it into yet another dystopia, but was thwarted by a rebellion, forcing him to take up his “razor” persona. The Master’s damage has already been done to this level of the ship, though, and therefore it’s citizens are being converted into Cybermen.

 

During his knock out though, the Doctor was able to reprogram the Cybermen, so that they would target time lord biology as well as human-which means now the Master, Missy, and the Doctor have no choice but to fight the Cybermen (Of course the Doctor would gladly do so anyway). They’re rescued by Nardole, and suprisingly, Bill, who hasn’t quite succumbed to the Cybermen side of her quite yet.

The group retreats to a higher level, a solar farm that is in better shape, but still being targeted for conversion by the Cybermen. The Doctor, Nardole, and Bill befriend the citizens, although they’re a bit off-put by Bill’s Cybermen exterior. They also try to work out a way to escape, especially with the time dilation allowing certain Cybermen to evolve into their current “Nightmare in Silver” looks.

The Doctor figures they can take a stand, to evacuate the citizens to a higher level where they will be safe for a time, guarded by Nardole, while the Doctor, Bill, and the Masters delay the Cybermen. However, the Master wants to just escape in his TARDIS, and Missy reluctantly goes along with the plan of her earlier self, despite the Doctor’s plea:

No! No! When I say no, you turn back around! Hey! I’m going to be dead in a few hours, so before I go, let’s have this out, you and me, once and for all. Winning? Is that what you think it’s about? I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone, or because I hate someone, or because, because I want to blame someone. It’s not because it’s fun and God knows it’s not because it’s easy. It’s not even because it works, because it hardly ever does. I do what I do, because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind. It’s just that. Just kind. If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there’s no point in any of this at all, but it’s the best I can do, so I’m going to do it. And I will stand here doing it till it kills me. You’re going to die too, some day. How will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for? Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand, is where I fall. Stand with me. These people are terrified. Maybe we can help, a little. Why not, just at the end, just be kind? 

 

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Missy however, does eventually change her mind, stabbing her former self, and perhaps triggering his regeneration into her.  In turn, the Master blasts her full blast with the laser screwdriver, possibly killing her, but maybe not. The wounded Master then heads toward his TARDIS. Missy…who knows?

The Doctor makes a brave final stand against the Cybermen, fighting them off by using his sonic to ignite several fuel pipes. He’s hit several times by the Cybermen, as well as the debris from the pipes. Boasting that he’s managed to defeat the Cybermen time and time again, the Doctor manages to draw them back, but he’s mortally wounded and in the early stages of regeneration.

Bill manages to recover the Doctor’s prone body, which at the moment is unconsciousness, although the process of regeneration has begun.

Fortunately, Bill’s water creature friend, Heather, from the season finale, manages to emerge from one of Bill’s tears, managing to undo her cyber-conversion and make her back into her normal self, but with powers similar to hers. The two place the Doctor’s body in the TARDIS, although Bill hopes she’ll see him again in some form-and then set off on their own journeys through space and time.

 

The Doctor manages to regain consciousness, but the regeneration is already proceeding. However, like his tenth self, he’d rather stay the way he is rather than change once again.

Parking the TARDIS in a snowy landscape, and the process still underway, the Doctor continues to fight off the change, but is surprised to see a familiar face approach him-and not just any familiar face, but his first face….and one that is also fighting off a change to come.

 

But first, he’s got one last adventure….

And then, it’s time for something completely different….

 

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Doctor Who History:A time for Warriors

The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole decide to pay NASA a visit when they’re taking a look at the polar ice caps. There, they find an unexpected message written in rocks: “God Save the Queen”. The Doctor and his companions decide to pop back to figure out how that happened.

 

They arrive on the planet in 1881, and unfortunately, the TARDIS-with Nardole still onboard-decides to leave and return to Earth in the present. The Doctor and Bill quickly encounter one of the planet’s natives-an Ice Warrior-but it turns out he’s with unexpected company-a group of British soldiers from the Victorian era.

Turns out, the Ice Warrior-named “Friday” by the soldiers-crash-landed on Earth, and the British regiment helped him repair his ship. The British soldiers then accompanied him back to Mars, to mine it and claim it for the Queen. However, Friday is in fact using them as labor to help revive his fellow warriors, including his own Queen, Iraxxa-which the British soldiers soon do.

Although initially considering peace, the British soldiers then open fire, which causes a battle to break out between the soldiers. However, the battle is quickly ended when Friday aides the Doctor in trying to stop his queen, and the commander is replaced by another soldier, a former deserter whose life is forfeit on Earth, but who will pledge himself to the warriors.

The Doctor then contacts Alpha Centauri, setting up events that in a few hundred years time, will occur on the planet Peladon during the Third Doctor era. He also leaves the rocks on Mars that will be sighted by NASA.

His return back to Earth, and his reunion with the TARDIS-is a bit troubling though-Nardole let Missy out of the Vault, and had her pilot it back to Mars-something very troubling for the Doctor and Bill.

 

Next, The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole-with Missy also in the ship-travel to 2nd century Scotland to search for the fate of the Ninth Roman legion, a group of soldiers who disappeared. While Bill runs into the legion, the Doctor and Nardole encounter a Scottish clan who are guarding a mysterious portal, and defending themselves against the invading legion.

They’re also using a creature coming out of the portal-an “Eater of light” to help defeat the Romans. However, the Doctor realizes the creatures in the portal are a larger threat, and if more or released they’ll eat all the light in the universe. With the help of the TARDIS translation circuits, he’s able to get the Romans and Picts to work together, and enter the portal-in which time moves much slower-to fight off the creatures until the end of time. Although the Doctor initially wishes to enter the portal himself, as he’s got a long life span and regenerations to spare, the Pict leader and the legion enter instead. The act of sacrifice actually provokes an emotional reaction in Missy, and the Doctor concludes that maybe, maybe he can trust her this time…

MISSY: I don’t even know why I’m crying. Why? Why do I keep doing that now? 
DOCTOR: I don’t know. Maybe you’re trying to impress me. 
MISSY: Yes. Probably some devious plan. That sounds about right. 
DOCTOR: The alternative would be much worse. 
MISSY: Really? 

DOCTOR: The alternative is that this is for real, and it’s time for us to become friends again. 
MISSY: Do you think so? 

DOCTOR: I don’t know. That’s the trouble with hope. It’s hard to resist. 

 

However, the past is about to catch up with Missy….

 

 

Doctor Who History-Monk see, Monk Do

The Doctor is still blind, unfortunately. He gets a ‘message’ on his sonic sunglasses-a file called “Extremis”.

Shortly thereafter, representatives of the Vatican, including the pope, visit him, asking him to investigate a strange book, the Veritas-a book that which has driven it’s readers to suicide.

Going into the Vatican’s library, he attempts to read Veritas using a translation machine and a bit of technology, but soon finds himself attacked by bizzare corpse like “monks”. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole also discover various portals within the library leading to major world locations-but Bill and Nardole become disturbed when they can’t seem to come up with random numbers when questioned-everybody’s saying the same exact thing. All three then figure out they are in fact computer simulations, being used by the monks to plot an invasion.

 

However, the ‘fake’ Doctor then sends a recording of the simulation to his real self, who is sitting by the vault-and we find out who’s in it…

After his 24-year honeymoon with River Song-which ends with her being sent to the library and her final fate way back when he was the tenth Doctor, the Doctor journeys to a place where Missy is being held prisoner, presumably after she escaped from Skaro. He’s supposed to be aiding in executing her, but he only knocks her out and locks her in the vault, where he’ll keep watch over her. But now he needs her help, especially since he’s blind.

Suddenly, a giant pyramid shows up in the middle of three military zones-American, Chinese and Russian. It’s inhabited by the monks, who say that Earth will be extinct within the year, if they don’t intervene and rule over mankind. However, they don’t need to invade the regular way by force, but by asking for consent from someone. Plus they neutralize any force set against them.

Turns out this threat is a deadly virus unwittingly created by two scientists pretty much by acccident.  The Doctor is able to figure this out by process of elimination, and manages to set the lab to self-destruct. Although he’s able to save one of the scientists, he himself is locked in the lab seconds before the explosion-and can’t input the key code because he’s still blind.

 

However, Bill, wishing to save her friend, gives the Earth over to the control of the Monks in exchange for giving the Doctor his sight back and saving his life. Unfortunately, that gives the Monks control over the planet, and using powerful hypnosis and telepathy, lead everybody to believe they’ve been in control all along, although Bill resists. The Doctor, in the meantime, broadcasts propoganda for the monks.

 

Bill is finally able to reach the Doctor, but it turns out he really might be working with the monks, since he feels mankind needs their help. She shoots him, and the regeneration process begins…

….but it turns out to just be a trick to make sure Bill wasn’t under their control, and the Doctor’s still the same.

 

Returning to the vault, the Doctor and Bill consult with Missy, who says the Monk’s signal is controlled by various statues, but Bill was the original giver of consent so she must die to break the control.

The Doctor and co try to infiltrate Monk HQ to stop the control Monk, but the Doctor’s attempt proves futile.

Bill however, manages to defeat the Monk by overpowering it with memories of her mother. The Monks then hightail it off Earth, and with their influence gone, many people forget it ever really happened in the first place. Meanwhile, the Doctor returns to Missy in the vault, and is surprised to see her remorseful.

 

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“I keep remembering all the people I’ve killed. Every day I think of more. Being bad, being bad drowned that out. I didn’t know I even knew their names. You didn’t tell me about this bit. “

Despite her remorse, sometimes the ghosts of the past can haunt you….

Here come the drums…..

 

Doctor Who History-House of a Thousand Alien lice

Bill decides to move in with some of her friends into a new house-after a few false starts, they eventually get a low cost mansion-provided they stay out of the tower.

 

The Doctor wants to help Bill move her stuff in, but the Doctor notices something ‘off’ about the house-and then one of the tenants vanishes when playing music, and there’s a strange knocking noise. Nevertheless, Bill and co. assume it’s nothing. But then more people start vanishing-turns out they’re being consumed by tiny alien bug monsters called the “Dryads”

 

The Dryads-who are activated by sound, such as the Landlord’s tuning fork, feed on the building’s tenants to sustain the inhabitant of the tower, Eliza, who is actually become a wood creature. The Landlord’s memory is a bit off, and he initially thinks Eliza is his daughter, but she is in fact, his formerly terminally ill mother, who was ‘saved’ by the alien bugs

Although ‘healed’ from her illness, her body has become mostly wood and she has to stay in the house. However, she’s tired of staying in the house and costing people’s lives, so she embraces her son and they are both consumed by the bugs, restoring Bill’s friends (although not the earlier inhabitants) and destroying the mansion.

Meanwhile, the Doctor continues to keep his vigil on the vault-and we learn that the inhabitant-who plays piano-finds the story-especially about people being consumed-very exciting. Gee, I wonder who it could be?

 

The Doctor-bored on being stuck on Earth guarding the vault-decides to head out to space despite the objections of Nardole. They land on a mining station where oxygen is precious-worth money even-and due to an apparent malfunction-but actually programming from the company-the spacesuits (Called “Smartsuits” kill their wearers, and work to do the same to others-effectively making them a sort of zombie. The only survivors are wearing suits that are somewhat damaged.

The Doctor and the survivors try to figure out a way to save themselves, but during an attempt to escape, Martha’s suit malfunctions, and she is exposed for several seconds to the vacuum of space.

 

 

The Doctor saves her by giving her his helmet, but unfortunately as a result is partially hurt by the vacuum himself-leaving him blind.

The suit also seems to kill Bill as well, but the Doctor wires the computer to self-destruct the station, but at the last minute is able to reason with the smartsuits that their deaths and the destruction of the station would be expensive for the company controlling them, so he’s able to save them (and give the crew some needed oxygen). The TARDIS is eventually recovered, as are (apparently) the Doctor’s eyes-and the crew is dropped back at corporate HQ, for a chat with their ruthless employers.

 

Back on Earth, Nardole scolds the Doctor for nearly getting them all killed this time-and leaving the vault unguarded, which could have grave consequences if the inhabitant escapes. Nardole asks him to look at him, but the Doctor can’t. Although his pigment has been restored….he’s still blind!

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who History-The Master/Mistress part 3

Through the use of Captain Jack’s vortex manipulator-via a literal last minute fix from the Doctor; the Doctor and co. Are able to escape the end of the universe and return to the present day.

However, they’ve arrived a bit too late, as the Master’s “Masterplan” is already in motion-he’s gotten himself elected as prime Minister “Harold Saxon”. Using hypnotism (on a large scale via an “Archangel” network of satellites), murder, and deceit, he’s risen to high office-and even gotten married to a woman named Lucy. He also plans to initiate first contact with an alien species-The Toclafane.

The Doctor, Jack and Martha are forced to go on the run, and it’s here where the Doctor reveals the Master’s origins.

As a young time lord, the Master underwent an initiation which involved him staring into the “untempered schism”-the raw time vortex itself. Since then, the Master has heard constant drumming in his head, driving him insane. (although this wasn’t present in the earlier depictions of the character).

The Doctor and his companions however are unable to foil the Master’s plan, and the Toclafane-in fact, not aliens, but humans from the future Utopia reduced to sphere-like cyborgs-decimate the Earth. The Master then prepares to weaponize the planet to go to war with the rest of the universe. He also captures the Doctor (using Lazarus technology to make him old and feeble) and Jack, although Martha is able to escape.

 

Martha spends the next year trying to find a weapon that could kill the Master, but secretly, she’s actually planting the idea of the Doctor in people’s minds. Ultimately, using a mix of telepathy and the Master’s own Archangel network, the Doctor is able to defeat the Master, and also restore the world back to the point before the Toclafane invaded. Lucy however shoots her husband, and the Master refuses to regenerate, and he dies in the Doctor’s arms. The Doctor then cremates him.

 

However, he’s not really dead-he’s transferred his mind to a ring, and using a mix of Lucy’s DNA, some potions and the ring, a group of loyalists are able to resurrect him.

However, Lucy attempts to stop the Resurrection, and she’s halfway successful.

 

 

The Master is revived, but in a somewhat weakened state-he has an insatiable hunger, he’s even more nuts, and his skin sort of becomes translucent from time to time.

 

Eventually-after eluding the Doctor-he’s captured by businessman Joshua Naismith, who wants his knowledge to refine the Immortality gate, a piece of alien technology that can heal wounds. However, he rewrites the program so that every person on the planet-minus the Doctor, Wilf and his granddaughter Donna-are turned into a clone of the Master-and he once again plans to use Earth to take over the universe.

However the Time Lord high council use this moment to break out of a “Time lock” during the Time War-turns out they sent the drumming into the Master’s head in the first place, as a sort of ‘homing beacon’ to return. Once they do, they plan to pretty much rip apart reality and ascend to higher consciousness. When they arrive-led by Lord President Rassilon-they undo the Master’s work, leaving only the “prime” Master. After a tense standoff between the Doctor, Master, and Rassilon-in which the Doctor destroys the link binding the Time Lords to our reality-The Master then turns on Rassilon after he threatens the Doctor, vanishing into the void-and presumably returning to Gallifrey in the process.

 

However, that’s not the end of the Master’s story. Shortly thereafter, all the incarnations of the Doctor team up, and find an alternate way of saving Gallifrey and the Time Lords, by sending them to another dimension. After the Doctor experiences another regeneration, a mysterious woman named “Missy” greets those who have died during the Doctor’s adventures, in a mysterious courtyard, presumably “Heaven”.

 

However, “Heaven” is in fact the Nethersphere, a piece of time lord technology called the Matrix, which Missy is in fact using to build an army of concealed Cybermen. She plans to turn all of Earth’s dead-and then the living-into Cybermen. When the Doctor uncovers her plan, she reveals her true nature-That “Missy” is short for Mistress-and that since she is now female, she couldn’t keep calling herself “The Master”. She in fact wants to give the Doctor the Cyberarmy, as a ‘present’ so they can be friends again.

 

Although Missy is captured by UNIT, she’s soon able to escape, zapping the Doctor’s friend, Osgood, in the process. She also reveals that she set up the Doctor and his companion, Clara, in the first place.

 

The Doctor however refuses the army, and gives the control to Clara’s Cyberized boyfriend Danny, who then uses it to command and destroy the other Cybermen. The Doctor is unable to kill Missy, but a still-lingering Cyberman does it for him-a resurrected Brigadiar Gordon Lethbridge Stuart-who zaps his old enemy.

 

But is that really the end of the Master/Missy? Not by a long shot….as I’ll explore in my next article.

Doctor Who History-Smile, you’re on Thin ice!

The Doctor takes Bill on her first future trip-what looks like a future Earth colony. Except there appear to be no humans around, and the colony is inhabited by small, fly-like maintenance robots called the “Vardy” (who also make up the Colony structure) and their interface “Emojibots”.

The Doctor soon realizes that the Vardy have killed the first group of colonists and are using their bones as fertilizer for the plants. Investigating further, he begins to discover that the colony ship isn’t coming, but has already landed-and that these robots-due to a flaw in their programming designed to keep the colonists happy-misinterpreted grief-in this case the death of the colony’s leader-as a plaque to be wiped out and sterilized.

 

When the second wave of colonists awaken, they begin to discover that the first wave are dead, and try to take up arms against the robots. However, the Doctor is able to re-set their programming, and urges the colonists and the Vardy to live in peace.

The Doctor tries to return to the vault, but instead winds up in the frost fair in 1814-on top of the Thames river in London. Despite not ending up where he’s supposed to be (again) he and Bill decide to enjoy the festivities. However, unbeknownst to them, there’s something lurking under the ice…

However, both Bill and the Doctor begin to notice strange green lights underneath the ice, and find out they’re deadly when a young street urchin is killed. After being disturbed by the Doctor’s moral relativism at the time-as this is the first death she’s witnessed-she then talks her into discovering what the creature is.

 

 

Turns out it’s a whale like creature-with a group of symbiotic fish around it creating the lights-that is eating people-and it’s waste material-which has extraordinary fuel properties-is being collected and exploited by the fair organizer, Lord Sutcliffe. Despite the Doctor’s attempts to persuade Sutcliffe to stop-first by punching him for making a rude remark to Bill, and then by an impassioned speech….

 

Sutcliffe doesn’t listen and attempts to kill the Doctor and Bill with an explosive device , but the Doctor rigs the device to instead free the creature, allowing it to leave the Thames and go out to sea. Sutcliffe falls into the cracking ice and deaths. He also-with some clever forgery-gives the street urchins Sutcliffe’s inheritance.

Returning to the present, the Doctor is reprimanded by Nardole, who said he should’ve kept his vow to keep any eye on the vault. Nardole is disturbed when he checks on the vault, and it knocks a few times….

 

Doctor Who history-the master/Missy part two

 

The Master later resurfaces as he’s put on trial for the Daleks for his “evil crimes” (this is not elaborated on, really, as the Daleks aren’t exactly innocent either.) he’s then “exterminated” and his ashes are retrieved by the second Doctor, but this isn’t any ordinary urn-The Master has somehow preserved his essence in some slimy goo.-slimy goo which then escapes and sabotages the TARDIS console, causing the Doctor to go through a series of events that lead to another regeneration.

 

The Master’s slime form then escapes and posesses an EMT, Bruce.

 

However, the Master’s possession make’s Bruce’s eyes somewhat strange, and he has to cover up using sunglasses. He then enlists the help of a local youth-Chang Lee-and deceiving him, puts in motion a plan to steal the Doctor’s regenerations (once again using the eye of harmony), as the Bruce body is technically ‘dead’ and prone to decay.

 

When he finally captures the newly-regenerated Doctor, he dons a Time Lordish garb.

 

However, the Doctor is able to defeat the Master once again, and he falls into the Eye of Harmony where he apparentally dies….but this is the Master we’re talking about…

The Time War erupts-a huge conflict across space and time featuring the Time Lords battling the Daleks. The Doctor is forced to take drastic measures-regenerating into a new, harder incarnation-

….and the Master is also resurrected (and presumably given fresh regenerations), as the Time Lords feel his ruthless nature will make him the perfect warrior against the Daleks. However, when he witnesses the Daleks conquer something called the “Cruciform”, he panics, using the Chameleon arch to disguise his body as mind as human. It’s so perfect a disguise he has no knowledge of his former evil nature-but something does remain-His intelligence, and also the sound of drumming in his head. His essence remains in a fog watch.

“Yana” (Short for You Are Not Alone) eventually becomes an elderly, kindly scientist trying to help the last humans at the end of the universe escape to a rumored paradise-the so-called “Utopia”. However, the arrival of the Doctor and his companions tips him off to the watch, and soon “Yana”‘s true nature asserts itself as his memories come floating back from the watch.

 

Killing his scientist friend, and attempting to trap the Doctor and his friends, he also takes control of the TARDIS. However, he’s fatally shot by his assistant, causing him to regenerate into a more youthful state, not unlike the Doctor’s current incarnation.

 

Next: Harold Saxon, The End of Time, and “Who is Missy?”