Prequel to Series 9 of Doctor Who, ‘The Doctor’s Meditation’ hid some facts and revealed some facts.. and what a treat it was!
15th September 2015 was a much awaited day for the fans of Doctor Who. The two-part Series 8 finale, Dark Water and Death in Heaven had a surprise treat at the end where the audiences got to see a prequel of Series 9 titled The Doctor’s Meditation. However, it was a pity that while Russia, Canada, US and Holland got to see it, UK was left out! Immaculately directed by Ed Bazalgette and written by Steven Moffat, this sneak peak was a prequel to the first episode of Series 9 titled ‘The Magician’s Apprentice.’ For those of you who missed it, and cannot wait for its official release (for the simple reason of not being left out), here is a ball-by-ball account of what happens in this six and a half minute treat:
7) The Meditating Doctor
The first scene starts from the lake, moving across to the castle and we see the Twelfth Doctor kneeling with his eyes closed deep in meditations. Bors enters, and Doctor asks him ‘How many days have I been here?’. Bors replies, ‘Three hours’.. and we are rolling. Doctor then passes a comment about Clara being right about her suspicion that he suffers from ADHD, and even before he could complete the sentence, we see him taking a sip from the grail cup. Bors then asks him about his journey, and Doctor makes it clear that he cannot accompany him this time around.
6) Bors’ Insistence And Doctor’s Stand
After this, Bors reminds him of his pledge to serve the Doctor as he saved his life. But, Doctor dismisses this that his splinter was not even life threatening. Bors then asks him the reason to meditate, and Doctor replies that he has to meet someone that he has known for a very long time, and whose life is in danger now. Bors is still insistent, but Doctor emphasizes that he has to be alone. Before Bors is about to leave, Doctor takes a sip from the cup again and says, ‘Hang on a minute!’.. He then gets up and explains, ‘The water. I don’t like it. I can’t meditate properly without decent water.’ Bors then sniffs the water, and there is a change of scene.