Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Will she or won’t she? The Whoniverse has been debating for months whether Jenna Coleman will return as Clara Oswald in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.Well, Peter Capaldi may have just put an end to the rumors.Speaking at last week’s San Francisco Comic Con, the Twelfth Doctor suggested that fans “may” see the three-season companion again.In response to a young fan’s query about the fate of his fictional friend, Capaldi took a long pause, raising his famous eyebrows, giving a cheeky smile, and teasing the expectant audience.“I’ll see her again,” he said, pointing to himself with a devilish grin. “You may see her again, too.“But I won’t tell. It’d spoil things,” Capaldi added, before mumbling something unintelligible (probably “What can the BBC do, anyway? Fire me?”).“She’s still there. Everyone in Doctor Who is still there,” the Scotsman explained, signaling the universe’s great unknown.Whispers of Coleman’s homecoming began in April, when British tabloid The Mirror tipped the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey return of the First Doctor, played by David Bradley (reprising the role originated by William Hartnell).Lily Travers and Jared Garfield have already been confirmed to play original companions Polly and Ben, respectively; and the wonderful Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) is coming back. Why shouldn’t we hold out for a final goodbye from Clara?A second Mirror report in July propagated the rumor, which was also picked up by BBC Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright, who seemed stunned by the possibility.The assertion, however, has not yet been backed up by an announcement from the BBC.It’s not entirely out of the question: In 2009, David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor managed a final farewell to Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), and Karen Gillan came back as Amy Pond in a wig to bid her raggedy man (Matt Smith) adieu in 2013.Killed, resurrected, and departed in a stolen TARDIS at the end of season nine, Clara is now traveling through all of space and time, presumably with the immortal Ashildr (Game of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams). So you’d hope she could make a quick stop for an old mate.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. With only two episodes left in this season of Gotham, we’re now seeing exactly how they plan to bring this to the end. And boy am I glad it’s not more Ra’s Al Ghul stuff. Instead, this season is ending with the true beginning of the Joker. All that Jerome stuff was just the person who would inspire the real Joker, and in this episode, we saw how. For now though, Jerome is dead and his followers are hanging around his grave. That’s when a strange woman in a jester hat and mask walks into the crowd. She holds up a portable stereo and plays a final message from Jerome. At least, that’s what it seems like at this point.The main question on all our minds right now is, is this Harley Quinn? The costume certainly looks like hers, but she never talks. Nor does she have any kind of face makeup. Nobody ever refers to her by name, and over the course of the entire episode, she never speaks. I really thought, during the final shot of the episode, she’d have one line. Possibly ending with the phrase “Mistah J.” But that might be a little much to ask from the first time Gotham introduces a character. This also isn’t quite when Harley Quinn should show up in the Joker’s story, but Gotham has always played fast and loose with Batman canon. Especially when it comes to the timeline.Donal Logue (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)She has some very specific instructions for Jerome’s clown gang that they are all too happy to follow. The first is to dig up Jerome’s body, and take over the Gotham City Police Department for a wake. Why? Ultimately, misdirection. I actually liked the Joker’s plan in this episode. Gotham doesn’t always pull off the intelligence required of criminal masterminds. Even The Riddler’s schemes have been a lot more simple than you want out of the character. But Jerome’s plan kept you guessing as to what was really going on. For this show especially, it was layered, complicated and full of surprising turns. It was fun to watch it all play out, even when we were sure it was all going to turn bad for Bruce at some point.We spent so much time this season watching Cameron Monaghan play the deranged Jerome; it’s easy to forget he can play sane very well too. We knew Jerome’s toxin did something to him, we just didn’t realize what. The episode has us spend almost the full hour thinking it’s just made him extra paranoid. The whole time, I was waiting for some kind of psychotic break to happen, much like the one that turned Ed Nygma into The Riddler. But it never came. Good on Gotham for changing up its villain stories a bit. It lends the episode a nice undercurrent of dread. You know the turn is going to happen eventually, you just don’t know when or how.David Mazouz and guest star Cameron Monaghan (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)The Joker gang taking over the police station allows the episode some fun action its plot wouldn’t otherwise have. We get to see Gordon be the brilliant police tactician he is. Knowing the mob of clowns outside puts them in a bad spot, he has his officers make it look like they’re fighting back, only to escape out the side door. Then, they lay siege to their own police department while Gordon and Bullock taser one clown to find out what the real plan is. Discretely though, as there are reporters around. Remember, police brutality is funny when it happens to comic book villains. Soon, Gordon finds out that Jerome’s real target is his brother’s lab. Where, as far as he knows, is where Bruce is.Bruce, meanwhile, has led Jeremiah out of his lab after seeing the project he’s been working on. It’s a reactor that harnesses ambient energy. As cool as that invention would be, we all know it’ll be turned into a bomb before the episode is over. Before they can really get to work though, Bruce needs to get Jeremiah out of his lab. He’s found Jerome’s old journal and Bruce can tell reading it is maybe not the healthiest activity. Also, Jeremiah tells Bruce about his brother’s toxin-filled jack in the box. He says ever since he got sprayed in the face, he sees Jerome everywhere. He thinks he’s still alive. Bruce decides he’ll prove Jerome’s dead by showing Jeremiah the grave… which we all know has been dug up.Ben McKenzie (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)This is where we expect the psychotic break to happen, but to Gotham‘s credit, that turns out to be a red herring. It appears to happen at first. Jeremiah seems convinced by the empty grave that not only is Jerome still alive, but that he killed Bruce and stole his face. Then they find the body, reappeared right next to the grave. (And I have to commend the show for another nice bit of misdirection. You think Jerome’s body is in the coffin the clowns use to break into GCPD. But as Nygma finds out when he sneaks in to rescue Lee, it’s just full of beer. Nice. Remind me to request coffin beers at my wake when it happens.)Jeremiah reveals that he never thought Jerome was alive. The toxin didn’t do anything except turn his face white. He plays sane very well, but really, he wants the same things. He wants to do them bigger, unhampered by what he sees as the limitations of Jerome’s insanity. And he wants to make Bruce watch as the project he pays for gets turned into bombs. His first target: Jim Gordon. Jeremiah knew that Jim would find out about the plan to attack his lab. He made sure he and Bruce would be out by the time Gordon showed up. And so Gordon, forced by maybe-Harley Quinn, watches a video message revealing everything. Including the fact that the reactor in the room is about to blow up. Gordon finds a button that opens the door, but we don’t see whether he makes it out or not. But come on. We know. The show isn’t going to kill Jim Gordon.Cory Michael Smith and Morena Baccarin (Cr: Jeff Neumann/FOX)Not everything worked quite so well, though. While the episode told its two main stories almost perfectly, its subplots were introduced and quickly forgotten. Penguin and Grundy are squatting in Falcone’s mansion and haven’t made much progress in taking over the city or finding a cure for Grundy. They kidnap one of Jerome’s goons to interrogate him about the dead clown’s plans and… that’s it. Their scenes were ultimately pointless, though they did provide some nice comedic relief to the scarier main plots.Then there was Gordon and Lee. You’d think accidentally leaving her in the station while clowns took over would have some kind of effect on him. But no. He never notices it, and his plot continues on as though nothing happened. The show made such a big deal out of his conflict over her arrest at the beginning, only to drop all of that the minute the clowns show up. In the end, all it gave us was another Lee-Riddler kiss. A signal that their relationship is… in the same place it was at the end of the last episode. I can’t get too mad though, when the meat of the show was so good.The reveal at the end was set up and pulled off so well, it came as a surprise even though we knew something like it was coming. We knew we were going to see the Joker eventually. And we knew it was going to be Jeremiah. Even with that, the way it played out and Jeremiah’s monologue made for a good jaw drop at the end of the episode. He’s borrowing a lot from Jack Nicholson’s version of The Joker now, but it makes for a cool shift. A way to let us know that this is a different character, a different iteration of the Joker. Jerome was closer to Heath Ledger, Jeremiah is Nicholson’s cold sadistic gangster. My only real beef now is that he doesn’t smile enough. His face isn’t twisted or scarred the way you want the Joker’s to be. We can only hope that’ll come before the end of the season. NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target