Doctor Who Series 9 (2015)

 

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Key idea: hybrid. (Source: bbc.co.uk/doctorwho)

Hello! It’s me again writing about Doctor Who. Yay or nay? Oh, you know the answer.

Yay, of course!

Setelah kematian kekasihnya, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) memulai lembar kehidupan barunya sebagai asisten Doctor. Musim tayang ini merupakan musim tayang kedua bagi Peter Capaldi sebagai Doctor. Namun, ini musim tayang terakhir untuk Clara sebagai companion utama.

I have been trying to reinvent my love for Doctor Who since season 5 ended. Well, the previous seasons have worked out really well, but they didn’t impress me that much.

Bahkan musim tayang kedelapan, yang merupakan musim tayang perdana 12th Doctor, enggak begitu meninggalkan kesan mendalam buat saya (kecuali di beberapa episode. Please don’t hurt me).

Namun, musim tayang kesembilan ini kembali membuat saya baper jatuh hati. Saya menyukai interaksi 12th Doctor dan Clara (yang awalnya saya pikir bakal canggung karena perbedaan umur aktor-aktornya). They’re best friends, but not Ten and Donna’s kind of best friends. There is a platonic, deep love, but not romance. Throughout the series, I also grow to understand and even love them.

Key Episodes:

  1. “The Magician’s Apprentice”/“The Witch’s Familiar”

The return of the Doctor’s ultimate archnemesis, Davros, the creator of the Dalek race. How he pleaded Davros to bring back Clara and how he used his regeneration energy to help his “dying” enemy is just heartbreaking.

  1. “Under the Lake”/”Before the Flood”

The usual a-group-of-scientists-trapped-in-a-research-site-or-a-ship-or-something-like-that-episode (cue “The Impossible Planet”/”The Satan Pit” or “42” during RTD era). But with a different twist. You would also laugh at the Doctor’s cue cards which he used to act more “humanly”.

Which card that the Doctor would read to Lunn, Cass, Bennet, and O’Donnell? (Source: radiotimes.com)

  1. “The Girl Who Died”/”The Woman Who Lived”

You’ve got to meet Ashildr (also known as Me), portrayed by the “Game of Thrones”’ hearthrob Maisie Williams. Her character plays a quite important role for Clara’s future.

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Arya Stark or Ashildr? (Source: Polygon)

Oh iya, di sini juga ada kilas balik sejenak ke episode “The Fires of Pompeii” yang menjelaskan alasan Doctor memilih wajah barunya. It hurt ‘cause it brought back the memories of 10th Doctor and Donna Noble, my favorite companion ever.

 

  1. “The Zygon Invasion”/”The Zygon Inversion”

Di sini, kita bertemu lagi dengan UNIT dan para Zygon. Awalnya, saya pikir ini hanya episode filler, tetapi pidato Doctor mengenai peperangan di akhir”The Zygon Inversion” itu mematahkan segalanya. Bahwa pada akhirnya, perang hanya akan merugikan kedua pihak, baik yang kalah maupun yang menang. Such a deep and powerful speech by the Doctor!

You just want cruelty to beget cruelty. You’re not superior to people who were cruel to you, you’re just a whole bunch of new cruel people. A whole bunch of new cruel people being cruel to some other people, who’ll end up being cruel to you. The only way anyone can live in peace is if they’re prepared to forgive. Why don’t you break the cycle?

Tanpa mengurangi rasa hormat kepada David Tennant dan Matt Smith, banyak kritikus yang menilai pidato ini bakal less powerful bila dibawakan oleh 10th dan 11th Doctor. Saya pun berpendapat demikian. It’s definitely one of Peter Capaldi’s defining moments as 12th Doctor.

  1. “Face the Raven”/”Heaven Sent”/”Hell Bent”

Finale yang layak didapatkan Clara sebelum meninggalkan TARDIS. Di “Face the Raven”, Clara meninggal dengan cara yang sebenarnya agak konyol menurut saya. Namun, sebetulnya dia hanya ingin menjadi seberani Doctor. “Let me be brave,” ialah kata-kata terakhir Clara sebelum gagak hitam mengambil nyawanya.

Sementara itu, “Heaven Sent” menunjukkan Doctor di saat-saat terberatnya setelah kematian Clara. But he didn’t just sit around and weep! He’d been trying to escape the castle prison for  4,5 billion years, so that he would “negotiate” with the time lords about the hybrid. Just to save Clara.

Berbeda lagi dengan “Hell Bent”. Di sini, Clara “melarikan diri” dari detik-detik sebelum kematiannya karena Doctor. Tindakan Doctor memang melanggar prinsipnya sendiri dan bahkan juga Clara menentangnya.

Doctor berencana menghapus ingatan Clara mengenai dirinya supaya enggak bisa dilacak oleh time lord lainnya. (Duh, lagi-lagi ngingetin sama ending-nya Donna yang bikin nyesek). Clara jelas menolak dan pada akhirnya, Doctor-lah yang kehilangan memorinya tentang Clara.

Akan tetapi, Clara mendapat ending yang brilian. Jadi, Clara di masa lalu tetap mati, tetapi dirinya yang “diselamatkan” Doctor kini bebas menjelajahi ruang dan waktu dengan TARDIS (yep, it’s her own TARDIS) bersama Ashildr

Meskipun Doctor enggak mengingatnya….

Musim tayang ini juga memuat banyak banget dialog yang quotable, yang enggak semuanya bisa saya muat di blog ini. Salah satunya dari Ashildr.

“Enemies are never a problem. It’s your friends you have to watch out for.”

– Ashildr

I mentioned too much Donna in this review, didn’t I? I just can’t help it because this season is a whole mess of feelings. Pertanyaan berikutnya, kira-kira siapa yang bakal mengisi kekosongan posisi companion?

I volunteer!

Note:

It might confuse some of you readers so I would like to apologize for writing this post both in English and Bahasa Indonesia. *90 degree bows*

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