This weekend brings us Hell Bent, the last formal episode of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 9.
Hell Bent reunites scripter Steven Moffat with helmer Rachel Talalay, the wonder team who realized last week’s compelling, provocative, and wonderfully made Heaven Sent. This episode also sees the return of the Gallifrey gang, including...interestingly...Clare Higgins' Ohila. She appeared on the show earlier this year, and I vividly recall her as the lady who gave McGann Doctor the regeneration juice in 2013's Night of the Doctor short.
Presumably Ohila might have something to do with the regeneration teased in the promo at the top of this article? And, presumably, it is in Hell Bent that we'll see the Doctor finding Clara in that diner...
...in a scene which I'm guessing will be the duo's formal, poignant 'goodbye' moment. One that's perhaps more uplifting than her Death by Quantum Shade Doombird, but likely bittersweet in that the Doctor will realize whichever Clara he finds in the diner...he'll never able to travel with again.
My hunch is we’ll find some sense of Clara’s ‘continuance’ here - a ‘victory’ of sorts for the Doctor - but a heavy one in that he’ll end up leaving her behind, for her own good. And to spare himself the pain of jeopardizing her further, or repeating events. Then there's the question, of course, as to what exactly ‘Clara’ is in this instance? A fragment? Part of some reset time stream? A memory? So much fun conjecture to be had…
Below is a gallery of official promo images from Hell Bent. The gallery will be updated throughout the week should further shots become available. Feel free to check the discussion streams below for further media (clips, posters, etc.) from this episode as well.
Throughout the last two Seasons/Series of DOCTOR WHO, artist Stuart Manning has generated amazing and hugely creative and clever ‘retro’ posters for each episode. Many of them have already been reflected here on the site, usually in episodic discussion threads, but I’m not sure all of them made it. For those who missed it, here’s a recap of all S9 posters to date - I’ll add in the Hell Bent poster when it becomes available (Saturday?)…
Welcome to Geeklectica’s last discussion thread for the formal run of DW S9. We’ll also be here for the Christmas Special, which we've just learned is called The Husbands of River Song (heres a fresh promo image)...
...so keep checking back!
There may be a few random posts between now and then as well, along with regular new content within that vast and terrible Void between the Christmas Installment and S10. I'm already working ahead on content which might help carry us through the Void.
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Face the Raven
Sleep No More
The Zygon Inversion
The Zygon Invasion
The Woman Who Lived
The Girl Who Died
Before the Flood
Under the Lake
The Witch's Familiar
The Magician’s Apprentice
Ongoing DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 9 Multi-topic Megathread
COMING SOON: The Husbands of River Song (the 2015 Christmas Special)