Big Blue Box Podcast – Episode 18

Hey Who fans! Some feel good news items this week followed by our review of the Series 8 finale second parter: Death in Heaven.

The News

More Doctor Who Experience news this week but more positive than recent. The Studio Set Tours which were due to finish at the end of November have now been extended to December 14th which is great news if you wanted to check it out but couldn’t make it this month. You can book tickets as usual on the DWE site.

The BBC have opened up a couple of auctions on eBay to raise money for this years Children in Need. The first is a set visit to one of the episodes next year for series 9 where you’ll be treated like a VIP and get to meet the whole cast and crew etc. The bid is already at over £5000 but it looks absolutely worth it and all the money goes to the Children in Need charity. Take a look at the auction here. The second auction is to spend the day with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales as they rehearse for the Symphonic Spectacular, again another great day up for grabs, check it out here.

Finally, tomorrow night’s Children in Need program is to have a slot to feature Doctor Who which is something the show has done every year since 2005. They’re usually great little shorts and often feature a star guest or similar so look out for it during the program.

“Death in Heaven” Review

The Series finale crept round deceivingly early, where has series 8 gone already?!? Last week’s Dark Water was overall very good but does the conclusion offer the same? Find out as we discuss the plot, the good, the bad and the, well, not so good.

Thanks for stepping into the Tardis for episode 18. As the current series has now ended we’re going to revive the retrospective reviews from the classic years so look out for those starting next week. Until next time – Allons-y!


  1. Callum

    Hey Loving the podcast, cant wait for the next one 😀

  2. Joe Sweeney

    One thing that was unexplained in that episode was The Master’s regeneration. Because last time we saw The Master before Michelle Gomez was in The End Of Time John Simm incarnation when he went into the time lock with the Time Lords go back in the time war. And the biggest question how she managed escaped Gallifrey. My guess is The Master was dying after his resurrection went wrong and his life source was failing so he may have regenerated into her just after he went into Gallifrey. Hopefully there is an explanation in the next Series or future!
    Great podcast by the way 🙂

    • Admin - Garry

      Some interesting thoughts Joe, thank for commenting. It’s very timey-wimey and interesting how The Master did escape Gallifrey etc. Maybe they’ll look at that in an upcoming episode?

  3. Joe

    I watched Death In Heaven again last night, third time overall watching it. And for me I found that episode quite disappointing. It was down to the writers for writing up a quite a poor script. Few scenes I liked between The Master and The Doctor, Michelle Gomez acted very well as The Master when they were on the Plane was pretty good as well that’s my positives. Negative is I agree with you what you said about Cybermen, they were under used, they hardly did anything apart from flying up and blowing up in the sky and attacking the plane. Most of the time they were just walking around in the graveyard.
    And with Jenna’s name popped up first on opening credits and her face on the intro was a big wasted and just very pointless scene after we found out Claria wasn’t even The Doctor that really annoyed me.
    I’m bit confused on why UNIT tranquilized The Doctor and taken him in handcuffs on the plane even though he has worked for unit for so many years.
    And the scene with Brigadier back as Cyberman was off putting, It’s good he saved Kate from falling though. And with The Doctor salute at him didn’t felt right, even though The Doctor hated UNIT saluted him so couldn’t figure out why now he would salute it was a sell out moment.
    Most of all I couldn’t get the ending scene, like why The Doctor and Claria both lied to each other. I liked the scene when The Doctor was hitting the console after he found out that Gallifray wasn’t really there and The Master lied to him that was a powerful scene.
    But the ending was quite poor, I thought if that was Clara’s last episode that would of been a very bad exit for Doctor’s companion, I’m glad Clara’s is returning so hopefully she would get a better ending to the character.
    So I’m going to give that episode 6/10, it was quite good on some scenes, but overall quite disappointing and depressing even on a Season finale, I had so much expectations on this episode but it was a massive let down.
    Series 8 has been brilliant until Forest In The Night and then this!
    Hopefully Series 9 is going to be brilliant and more better to make up for our disappointment!

    • Admin - Garry

      Wow, thanks for the detailed comment Joe 🙂 6/10 is a reasonable score and yes, we’re hoping series 9 also delivers!

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