Republic of Korea vs. Australia

With World Cup qualification sealed, this tournament was an opportunity to be experimental. Osieck used newcomers and A-League players and came away with a 0-0 draw. Not a bad result, and by all accounts, we were lucky, having been thoroughly outplayed.

Australia vs Iraq

Far from a comfortable win, this was an extremely tense match. In bitterly cold and wet conditions, the Socceroos triumphed 1-0 against a valiant Iraq side to claim their place at Brazil 2014.

Australia vs Jordan

Despite all the pressure and an opponent with a lot to play for, the Socceroos were a revelation, thumped Jordan and took a giant step towards qualification.

Nothing less than a win would do for the Socceroos. For Jordan, a win would be a big step towards 2nd spot. There was everything to play for, and while the Socceroos and their fans were confident, particularly after last week, we'd all seen the Socceroos stumble against Oman a couple of months ago.

Japan vs Australia

A fascinating game with a much improved performance from Australia. Up against an in-form Japan, at home, at a stadium they haven't lost at for yonks, with qualification completed if they got a result, we were really up against it. In a surprisingly open game we almost pulled off a famous victory before having to settle for a draw.

The Name Of The Doctor

The season finale was not only one of the better episodes with some intriguing plotlines, it contained two key moments: the explanation for Clara - the woman twice dead, and a simply mind-blowing reveal of a previously unknown incarnation of the The Doctor. Teh interwebs will go mad over the latter and it sets the scene for a mammoth 50th anniversary special.

Nightmare in Silver

The Cybermen are back and they have evolved to be almost indestructible. Cybermats have become advanced cybermites. There's a super-Cyberman, a Cyber-Planner, seen before but not as a biped, who is more advanced than the Cyber leaders. And the Cyberiad, the collective consciousness of all Cybermen (a little bit like the Dalek's pathweb perhaps, or more obviously, Star Trek's Borg). While the story had some good points, the Cybermen's new ability to upgrade almost instantly to counter new threats, is frustrating and defeats the tension in the story.

The Crimson Horror

Another episode featuring Vastra, Jenny and Strax, initially told from their point of view. The Doctor first appears as a victim of the Crimson Horror that they are investigating. Eventually, the Doctor is saved and the source of the horror exposed and destroyed. A fair-to-middling episode.

Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS

A clever, promising premise, that revealed some interesting information, but ultimately another weak episode.

An attempt to improve the relationship between Clara and the TARDIS ends with the TARDIS ensnared in a tractor beam and about to be salvaged. The Doctor ends up outside the TARDIS and tricks the salvagers into helping him rescue Clara, who is stuck inside.


A claustrophobic episode that centres around a ghost story. The Doctor drops in, apparently to assist, but in reality he's simply continuing to try to understand the mystery of Clara. A reasonable episode, better than the last two anyway.

Clara and the Doctor arrive at the haunted Caliburn House to assist a ghost-hunting professor (Alex Palmer) and a gifted empathic psychic (Emma Grayling) who are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition has appeared throughout the history of the building.

Cold War

A mixed episode: it was good to see an Ice Warrior back (and very cool to see him without his armour), but what was the point of a story set on a submarine in 1983?


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