I think I enjoyed this story more than you did, Carissa! It was an enjoyable romp, with a classic "Mission: Impossible" vibe (TV show, not the movies). I suspected a few things and correctly figured out some of the twists, but I had fun nonetheless. It became fairly obvious early on that this was an inside job, for instance, and I guessed that our heroes' motivation for robbing the bank was going to be ultimately altruistic in nature, that there was some positive goal at heart. Here's a rundown of some of the interesting references I observed from this episode: This isn't the first time that a teleport has been disguised as a death-ray; we saw one of those on the Game Station in "Bad Wolf", all the way back in Season 1! (It's also worth mentioning that the Doctor has been described, multiple times, as being "good with teleports".) Psi's "rogues gallery" included a number of familiar faces, from Classic Who to Torchwood to The Sarah Jane Adventures. The memory-nomming worms last appeared in "The Snowmen". The Doctor and Clara previously reunited a seemingly-monstrous couple in "Hide." The Doctor still hasn't rerouted the phone back to the center console, as he asked Handles to remind him to do in "The Time of the Doctor."
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You're absolutely right - I got my Wells/Welles confused. Orson Welles was, however, involved in the famous broadcast of "War of the Worlds" that caused so much panic and hysteria. Mea Culpa!
When the Doctor dropped Clara back off at her date with Danny, I immediately thought of "Smith and Jones", when the Doctor told Martha that crossing into established events is strictly forbidden - "Except for cheap tricks!" Orson is possibly named for Orson Welles, who wrote "The War of the Worlds." This is not the first time that the Doctor has rescued a stranded time traveler, as well - in the episode "Hide", he saved Hila Tacorian with the help of Emma Grayling and Alec Palmer, who were subsequently revealed to be Hila's ancestors. We also got the return of the psychic paper, which was used quite frequently by Nine and Ten, but rarely by Eleven. In reference to the Doctor's query about a creature with the perfect ability to hide: I would argue that the Silence fit that quite nicely, given that you forget they were there the moment you look away. Clara's line "Fear makes companions of us all" ties directly back to the very first Doctor Who serial, in which the Doctor says, "Fear makes companions of all of us, Miss Wright."
What an episode. So much going on! Orson and Danny and Rupert Pink, all intertwined with Clara and the Doctor and the Colonel Dan figure. If Clara is, in fact, one of Orson's grandparents, this would make this episode have a hint of "The Time of Angels", when River met Amy, her mother. Bonus points, too, for the John Hurt cameo, even if it was just one shot from the 50th.
Is that a model of Lola on the shelf behind Coulson in picture 16? Very cute.
The only thing creepier than creepy rhymes is creepy children speaking creepy rhymes. One of two ain't bad!
On #8 (Keen Eddie), you wrote Colin Salmon as Walter Salmon. I love Arrow, too! My personal list includes Firefly, Moonlight, and Almost Human. Firefly and Almost Human were both done incredible disservices when their episodes were aired out of order. Moonlight was just a couple years too early. At least we still have Alex O'Loughlin on Hawaii Five-0!
Clearly, Robin Hood made the mistake of taking a sword to a spoon fight.
Does Shemar Moore of "Criminal Minds" and "The Young and the Restless" count?
The Reagans are a great TV family - it seems that so many TV families these days are pure dysfunction, but they actually support each other and work through their issues.
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