Inside the Coolest Upper East Side Atelier

No one ever said building a store from the ground up would be easy—especially in 2010, when Claire Olshan first had the idea for Fivestory. “Oh, honey,” the 30-year-old recalls in a low, conspiratorial tone. “When we signed this lease, there was no Celine, there was no Lanvin, there was no Dolce. After the recession, Madison was such a sad, sad place to be. I wanted to breathe some life into it.”

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Olshan leans forward on a plush bench on Fivestory’s ground floor as she speaks, her long, dusky blonde hair falling over her shoulder. Despite the flatlined economy and her lack of retail experience, Olshan—the daughter of a wealthy animal skins importer and a former gallery girl—dreamed of transcending garden-variety luxury. She made it her business to infuse traditional Madison Avenue with some personality by providing a curated selection of cult and couture brands like Off-White and Proenza Schouler. Thanks to her father’s patronage and a go-go attitude (she stuck with the name “Fivestory” despite being forced to settle for two floors after an initial lease fell through), Olshan’s dream prevailed: Amid a flurry of Mylar balloons and pre-Instagram “It girls,” Fivestory opened its doors in 2012.

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This year marks the store’s fifth in business, but don’t expect another celebratory bash: Olshan says she now considers such expenditures to be a “waste of money.” In lieu of a party, Olshan is investing in the future. In June, she will unveil two new floors, making room for an atelier, an expanded shoe wall and space for wellness pop-ups. “In the last few years,” she says, “I realized that it has to be all about our clients. I’ve shifted most of my attention from products to people.” Just then, as if to prove her point, Olshan stopped to reassure a customer about the size of a long-backed jacket from her own line, Fivestory New York. 

The past few years have been groundbreaking for Olshan in more ways than one: Last summer she married her longtime boyfriend, financier Michael Olshan. “We had a lot of breakups while I was building this store,” she says. “It was not part of my five-year-plan. . . [but] marriage makes you feel more grown up.” And Fivestory seems to be growing up with her, with a few new stories to prove it.

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A New Voice Reads Burma

In Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar (formerly Burma), there is a lively booksellers district on Pansodan Street. Like the rest of the country, the street is a clash between the old Burma and the new. The majestic pastel façades of colonial buildings—once gleaming new offices and stores, now more than 100 years old—are crumbling. Shopkeepers young and old (who, locked away from the world for decades by a brutal military regime, gained access to the Internet only a few years ago) buy cheap SIM cards and smartphones to communicate with friends and follow political news on Facebook. Inside the tiny shops and their crowded shelves, it’s impossible to avoid stumbling on relics of colonialism: teak-foresting manuals from the 1920s, Burmese-English translations of Wuthering Heights, trashy Burmese-language romance novels. And if you keep browsing, some modern English-language classics might turn up—stories by some of the greatest writers of the last two centuries—set right in Myanmar, a country still mysterious to much of the Western world.

For the most part, the English literary history of Myanmar has revolved around the British colonial experience. There’s George Orwell’s 1934 novel Burmese Days, based on his experiences working as a police captain in Burma (which scholars suggest is where he got his first taste of dystopia). More recently, Amitav Ghosh’s 2000 epic The Glass Palace traces the downfall and desolate exile of Burma’s last king. Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which won the 2014 Man Booker Prize, depicts the unspeakable horrors experienced by Allied prisoners in Burma during World War II. And of course, there’s Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 poem “Mandalay,” cemented in popular culture by Frank Sinatra’s “On the Road to Mandalay.” I found myself humming the campy tune as I sat in the teak-adorned Kipling’s Lounge at the Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel.

These acclaimed works—though separated by decades—share one common thread: All of them are white male-centric narratives. But this summer, a female writer will cast her gaze on her mother’s homeland with the publication of a stunning new novel. Miss Burma, by Charmaine Craig—the daughter of famous Burmese-born beauty queen and Karen freedom fighter Louisa Benson Craig—will give English-language readers an unprecedented glimpse into Myanmar’s culture and history—not only through the eyes of a woman, but also through those of the persecuted Karen people, who suffered for centuries in their country’s bloody ethnic conflicts. 

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The political history of Myanmar in the 20th century is complicated. If you’re familiar with the country, you probably know that Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, recently won control of the government after a half century of rule by a brutal military junta. Even the former name of the country, “Burma,” was a point of violent contention—it refers to the ethnic Burmese people, just one of the hundreds of ethnic groups who have long called the country home, including (among many others) the Karen, Mon and Kachin people. 

Miss Burma is the story of Craig’s mother, born to a Jewish man and a Karen woman in the opening days of World War II. Through the lens of historical fiction, we watch the lives of these characters unfold—the British leave after the war, infighting for freedom gives way to a coup and 60 years of authoritarian rule sets in. The book tells a story little known to English audiences, taking readers to corners of the country still largely inaccessible to foreigners. A significant portion of the novel takes place in the wild forests of central and northern Burma, which are areas of conflict even today. Outsiders still need special permission from the government to enter huge swaths of the country, and are discouraged from leaving the modern cities. 

But the novel also provides readers and travelers eager to connect with the history of their surroundings ample landmarks to visit and begin exploring the country’s history. The story opens at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), where the story’s central couple struggles to understand each other’s language, culture and faith. The synagogue is still open to visitors and worshippers, despite Myanmar’s dwindling Jewish population. Today, Muslim caretakers maintain the grounds and protect the Torah, unconcerned with the religious and territorial conflict between the two peoples a few thousand miles away.

You can still stroll across the lush green grass of Fytche Square, renamed Maha Bandula Park in 1935. In the novel, Craig’s grandfather crosses the park every day to visit government buildings to acquire permits for his various businesses. The park is adjacent to the sparkling gold Sule Pagoda, which is now encased in a traffic circle that requires real courage to cross on foot. The regime did little to improve infrastructure, and even the once-sparkling Jewish-owned stores of Craig’s grandfather’s youth are still standing, their imported Mancunian tile floors now coated in dust. 

But the world is still catching up with the long-sequestered nation. Myanmar is a place of extremes: The great wealth in the ruling military class is contrasted with the dire poverty of the people who have been left behind. There are banks in the major cities with ATMs and plenty of kyats to dispense, though progress is slow—only a small handful of hotels accept credit cards. In more existential ways, progress is even slower. As the young democracy struggles to form a national identity, it needs heroes like Louisa Benson Craig—and stories like Miss Burma.

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A Mother and Daughter Speak About Fleeing the Syrian War and Adjusting to American Life

The Syrian Civil War was roughly a year old by the time Dalya Zeno and her mother, Rudayna Aksh, fled Aleppo for Los Angeles in 2012. Arriving in Southern California as American citizens, Dalya and Rudayna struggled to adjust to life after Syria in a nation that, they believed, could be unwelcoming toward Muslims.

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Why Prince Harry «Wanted Out» of the Royal Family

Prince Harry is certainly one the most beloved members of the royal family, but he almost gave it all up to live a normal life. During a candid interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 32-year-old revealed that he considered giving up his royal life after serving in the army. «I felt as though I was really achieving something,» he said of his time serving with the British Army. «I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team. I wasn’t a prince; I was just Harry.»

When he was forced to leave his first tour of Afghanistan when his location was revealed by the press in 2008, Harry admitted that he went through a bit of a rough patch. «I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn’t want to grow up,» he said, referring to his partying past. Once he finally got things together though, he seriously contemplated leaving the royal life behind, but his loyalty to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth helped him in his decision to stay. «I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself. We don’t want to be just a bunch of celebrities, but instead, use our role for good.» And he’s certainly doing just that. Aside from creating the Invictus Games to help wounded veterans and their families, Harry has been following in his late mother Princess Diana‘s footsteps by carrying on her charity work.

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You Won’t Want to Miss This Summer Picnic

Summer in the city—New York City, that is—is one of many things we love to hate. Subway stops can reach triple-digit temperatures and you’re guaranteed to show up to wherever you’re going with an added glow (re: sweat, lots and lots of sweat). But for every negative aspect of the season, there are rooftop bars and pools, cool escapes to some of the world’s most revered museums and most importantly: rosé specials. And no summer activity packs quite the ‘lunch’ like a posh picnic in Central Park.

This year, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park has added an elevated option with the re-launch of their annual “Picnic in the Park” package, and launch of the new “Posh Picnic” package. Both packages include overnight stays at the hotel, with the added amenities of two deliciously curated offers. 

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The “Picnic in the Park” package includes overnight accommodations paired with a customized four-course picnic lunch prepared by Executive Chef Joseph Lallave, a Ritz-Carlton tote bag and waterproof fleece blanket to keep, an insider guide to picnicking in Central Park from the concierge, a Ritz-Carlton kite and frisbee and a map of Central Park.

As for the “Posh Picnic” package, guests who opt in for this elevated option will enjoy a Deluxe Park View Suite with exceptional views overlooking Central Park (toast your arrival with champagne and chocolate strawberries, by the way) and the aforementioned picnic amenities alongside a delicious five-course picnic lunch including Ossetra Caviar. 

The “Picnic in the Park” and “Posh Picnic” packages are both valid now through September 15, 2017 and range from $ 745 and $ 3,145 USD per night, respectively. 

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Brad Pitt And Sienna Miller Were Stroking Each Other At Glastonbury

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A couple of months ago, Page Six said that 53-year-old Brad Pitt and 35-year-old Sienna Miller were flirting with each other at a dinner after the premiere for The Lost City of Z. That made sense since it seems like Brad’s tip gets moist for famous boho hos and Sienna loves high drama. Sienna farted on that rumor by saying it was “predictable and silly.” But The Sun says that at Glastonbury over the weekend, Brad and Sienna had their hands all over each other backstage and couldn’t stop “stroking” one another. We all know what they mean by “stroking,” (or do we?) but let me just have the image of Brad Pitt and Sienna Miller stroking each other’s fuck parts in front of a crowd who wondered if they were on a serious kind of molly and hallucinating or if PiSi was on a serious kind of molly.

A source tells The Sun that Brad and Sienna stroked on each other early Saturday morning in the VIP area backstage before going off to a private Winnebego to make that thing rock (or fill that thing with snores since it was after 3 in the damn morning).

“Brad and Sienna couldn’t keep their hands off each other, touching and stroking each other at every opportunity. They seemed really intimate. Brad had been keeping a relatively low profile at the festival, but emerged with the masses at 3am to link up with Sienna after she’d spent the night partying with their mutual pal Bradley Cooper and Noel Gallagher in the VIP Park backstage bar.

They seemed keen to get away from prying eyes and made a dash for the Rabbit Hole, the festival’s underground and exclusive venue, with a group of friends and were inseparable as they waited to go inside. The party was cut short and they had to leave after five minutes because the venue was closing. Bradley Cooper left and Brad and Sienna headed back arm in arm to their private Winnebego.”

A different source tells The Daily Star (I know, I know) that Brad and Sienna were also kissing backstage. Brad’s rep refused to comment when The Daily Mail asked him about this. New Idea also said that Brad recently went out on a date with 53-year-old Elle Macpherson, who has split from her billionaire husband.

If Brad and Sienna really did touch mouths and stroke each other at Glastonbury, I’m sure someone took grainy pictures and are currently shopping them around to the highest bidder. How is Sienna going to deny that shit if pictures come out? Actually, it’d be easy to explain. She could say that she was only putting her mouth on Brad’s to stop him from talking about his stupid art. Or she could say that she was at Glastonbury, and since they put Ecstasy in the bottled water at musical festivals, she was rolling hard and “stroking” anything and everything around her. It’s true, Ecstasy turns you into a massage therapist on meth. Case in point: my “friend” giving a back massage to a giant speaker at a rave in the late-90s.

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Bruno Mars Falling Asleep at the BET Awards Is a Perfect Metaphor For Monday

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Bruno Mars was caught nodding off during the BET Awards on Sunday night, and true to form, the internet has made the moment a meme. While Mary J. Blige was on stage singing, the camera panned to Bruno in the audience, where he appeared to be «resting his eyes» while standing at his seat. In Bruno’s defense, it’s no wonder that the «24K Magic» singer got a little sleepy; he opened the big show with a high-energy performance of «Perm» — plus, the show was three-and-a-half hours long, which would make it difficult for most people to stay awake through.

Once Bruno was caught on camera, the internet lit up with reactions. See the best ones below.

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Things Got Tense Between Chris Brown And Migos After The BET Awards

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An awards show really isn’t an awards show until some kind of drama breaks out at the afterparty, and this honor goes to Migos and Chris Brown. I wonder if the court still thinks that Chris Brown doesn’t need violence prevention classes? Just wondering out loud here.

TMZ says that the fight started when Chris and Migos crossed paths in a parking garage after the BET Awards in Los Angeles last night. Migos was arriving at an afterparty just as Chris was leaving. Witnesses say someone in Chris’ crew pushed Migos member Quavo, to which someone in Migos’ crew intervened and got punched. Chris reportedly kept walking to his car the whole time, because he doesn’t want to get his precious little hands dirty. The sources say that Migos and some of their friends followed Chris to his car and surrounded it, but he left without getting hurt.

Because the old proverb says that a fight doesn’t really happen unless someone whips out their cellphone to film it, there’s a bunch of footage. It’s a lot of yelling, hissing, and circling but no actual fighting; sort of like a grade school recess fight when you know the yard supervisor is watching.

Sources tell TMZ that cops showed up, but people had scattered by then. As for how this started, well here’s a possible theory: Quavo has reportedly been dating Karrueche Tran for the past several months. And we all know about Chris Brown’s obsessive history with Karrueche.

That wasn’t actually Migos’ only scuffle last night. They also had a tense moment with rapper-turned-radio host Joe Budden. The New York Daily News says things got weird during a pre-show interview with Migos and Complex News. Migos’ Takeoff was asked about his absence from Bad and Boujee. It turned into a Who’s On First?-style bit with DJ Akademiks repeatedly asking Takeoff to repeat his answer. Joe Budden got tired of it all, and ended the interview by throwing down his mic and walking off. Migos wasn’t having it, and it almost turned into a red carpet brawl.

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Joe Budden later addressed the situation on Twitter.

Joe Budden sounds like that older relative who used to want to pump it up, but has mellowed with age, and now has zero time for the young whippersnapper’s bullshit. Respect your elders, Migos!

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Beyonce’s Twins Are Out Of The Hospital

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The Knowles-Carter twins reportedly had to stay in the hospital after they were born, because they were apparently premature and had “minor issues” that needed looking into. Things must be okay now, because multiple sources have confirmed to E! News that about two weeks after coming into this world, Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins are out of the hospital and resting at the $ 400,000 a month Malibu mansion that their parents have rented for the summer.

A source says the twins are “doing great,” while another source says the babies look healthy and that Beyonce “looked amazing and was glowing.” The same source adds that Beyonce seemed “mellow and calm.” Well sure, when you’ve got an army of nannies at your disposal, you can take as many Calgon moments as you need. I’m sure Kim Kardashian is already working on a story about how she’s glowing despite not being the one pregnant. “Sources say she’s glowing like a Christmas tree. And she’s so mellow, you’d think her brain was in sleep mode.

At last night’s BET Awards, Beyonce ended up winning five awards, including Album of the Year for Lemonade. She couldn’t be there, obviously, but she did send her protégées, Chloe x Halle, to give a prepared speech on her behalf. They gave the speech after she won the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award for Sorry.

I wonder if the Beyhive are getting all DaVinci Code by searching for clues in that acceptance speech. “Chloe and Halle were wearing red and white. Beyonce’s daughter is blue. Blue, red, and white are the colors of Beyonce’s favorite soda, Pepsi. Oh my god, Beyonce’s twins are named Red and White!

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‘Doctor Who’ Episode 11: Was ‘World Enough And Time’ The Best Episode of the Series?

There have been a few patchy episodes this series for sure, but this week? Wow. Episode 11 pulled out all the stops. If you haven’t seen it yet, DON’T READ ON; there are a ton of spoilers coming up. Go and watch it now, then come back. We’ll wait.

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The trailer for this week’s episode kind of felt like it had given us some massive spoilers already, what with the teased appearance of John Simm and the Mondasian Cybermen. But my goodness, that wasn’t the half of it.

«I was watching you on the screen. It took me a while to work out who you were. You don’t remember me, do you. You don’t remember being here before. I’m very worried about my future.»

I still can’t quite believe I didn’t see it coming. Perhaps that’s a little embarrassing, but I’m not going to fib and pretend I clocked it early on. Gullible, perhaps, but I’m going to go with ‘trusting’ as that sounds a bit more flattering. With hindsight, the clues were there, and they were great big neon clues too.

The first clue was in the title, a reference to Andrew Marvell’s poem ‘To His Coy Mistress’. When I saw the title, I just thought it was a knowing reference to Missy’s redemption arc. Don’t be coy, Missy. You can do this. Let’s go; we haven’t got forever; «Had we but world enough and time, this coyness Lady were no crime.» But it turns out it was an even bigger clue than that. The poem is a persuasion poem, about the manipulation of a woman by a man, who flatters and then threatens in order to get what he wants. It’s playful and light-hearted, but with perhaps an undertone of emotional blackmail. The carpe diem message relies on a recognition that death is imminent: «At my back I always hear Time’s winged chariot hurrying near.» And it’s her death, not his. Because life’s too short to waste it on worrying about being good, and moral, and boring, the message is «let us sport us while we may.» Let’s have fun instead. I had thought it was about the Doctor and Missy; but it was more about the Master and Missy. It even sums up the Master’s attitude to Bill: don’t trust the flattery, it’s just self-interest. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a reference in the poem to different perceptions of time, albeit in a ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ way, rather than the impact of time dilation. So yes, quite a big clue, and I didn’t clock it.

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Can we have a moment of respect for the Master’s commitment to disguises though? Bill was hanging out with him for years and he kept that accent going and that Mission: Impossible face on. That’s pretty impressive. I didn’t catch his name the first time (Razor), and just nicknamed him Sassy Filch, so I guess I had subconscious doubts about who he was meant to be. And I thought they’d put a lot of effort into making a random character vaguely hilarious! I was thinking, Ooh, they’ve done a great job writing this character whose name I don’t know, who will probably never be in it again… But isn’t his sense of humour a bit dark? «For some people it goes all…..vending machine.» And yet I still didn’t put it together.

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Where are we in the Master’s timeline? I couldn’t quite figure it out… He’s been Mister Saxon already, but that was pretty much the first thing this incarnation of the Master did after he appeared at the end of ‘Utopia’. Does this take place before or after ‘The End of Time’?

«She scares me. She really scares me. Promise you won’t get me killed.»

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The big Master reveal wasn’t the only shocker of the episode. I’m going to assume that there’s no coming back from this for poor Bill. Those big speeches from the Doctor never normally fail in such an epic way. That gun left quite a decisive hole in Bill’s chest, and that was before her conversion to the creepiest kind of Cyberman the Whoniverse has ever seen. She was another ‘Girl Who Waited’ for the Doctor to save her, and he was just too slow, and too late. They nearly lost her last week; she was introduced as a Disposable this week, and now it looks like she has met a similar fate to Danny Pink. Will she retain any of her Bill-ness? Poor, poor Bill. It seems like such a sudden end for her.

«I am Bill Potts. I waited. I waited for you.»

Another shocker? The regeneration. Now, they’ve trolled us with this before; they did it a few weeks ago when the Doctor tested Bill. They did it when Ten got shot by a Dalek trying to do a rom-com run towards Rose in ‘The Stolen Earth’. He got out of it then by channeling all that energy into his spare hand, which then spawned Doctor Two in ‘Journey’s End’. But we know that Capaldi’s departure is imminent, so if they are trolling us again, they need to be doing it more imaginatively, or Twelve is just the Doctor who cried ‘Regeneration’. Here are some theories for you: if Mission: Impossible reveals are now standard, maybe this is Missy or the Master disguised as the Doctor and undergoing his/her regeneration instead… If it is really the Doctor, then where is Nardole? The Doctor seems to be alone and desperate during this regeneration. Please don’t say Nardole meets a sticky end as well! YOU’VE TAKEN BILL, DON’T TAKE MY NARDY TOO!

«Hello ordinary person. Please maintain a minimum separation of three feet. I’m really trying not to kill anyone today, and it would be tremendously helpful if your major arteries were out of reach.»

Missy was an absolute delight this week. Seeing her play the role of the Doctor was like watching the Faith/Buffy body swap episode of BTVS in some ways; everything she did was a judgement on the Doctor’s perceived goodness and the hypocrisies she perceives under the surface. His relationships with his friends? Well, they are just Exposition and Comic Relief. The disposables. They are pets and babies. He’s the cradle-snatcher hanging around with infants. There is uncomfortable and inept flirting. It is all done with a flourish; Missy is enjoying making fun of the Doctor. But she is also doing this to establish her place in the Team TARDIS hierarchy. She outranks them; she is older, wiser and knows the Doctor better than either Bill or Nardole ever will.

And the affection is mutual. The Doctor describes the Master as his first «Man-crush». Let’s not diminish this by calling it a bromance; it’s much more profound than that. «She’s the only person I’ve ever met who is even remotely like me.» There’s a bond going back centuries. «We had a pact. Every star in the universe, we were going to see them all.»

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This bond is firmly centered on how much they have in common, which is fine and dandy until she meets someone with whom she has even more in common. The show’s given us people arguing with themselves before — most recently in ‘The Day of the Doctor’, but what about when you are horrible to yourself? «He’ll never forgive you. Not when he discovers what you’ve done to his little friend.» Whereas the Doctor wants to mold Missy into someone moral, the Master plays on her guilt and her shame to manipulate her. This is going to come down to Missy’s choice: which double or version of herself will she want to listen to? Which shoulder angel will win the battle? The ‘good’ one that she has playfully lampooned but secretly admires? Or the ‘bad’ one that she is afraid and ashamed of? Clever and evil aren’t necessarily the same thing… Will she choose clever or evil in the end?

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And what about those Cybermen? There’s something universally horrifying about the sound of a dentist’s drill, so thanks for that. We knew where this was going, as the trailer had told us. The voices were another clue, promising that Bill «will be repaired», and then reassuring her that «Full conversion wasn’t necessary» just yet. The repeated sound of «PAIN» echoing through the hospital was pretty grim, as was the horrible realisation that Sassy Filch’s Nurse friend (unimaginatively, I nicknamed her Nurse Ratched) wasn’t fixing the pain, just turning down the volume of the alert. They are all in agony. «KILL ME.» By the time Bill is converted, they have a new gadget; it «won’t stop you feeling pain, but it will stop you caring about it.» Heart = broken. I’ve usually found Cybermen more ridiculous than scary, but these ones are definitely more sinister. It’s the cloth masks. They look like a cross between a robot, a mummy and a clown to me.

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Honourable mentions

Please don’t be too upset that ‘Doctor Who’ has finally been used as a name. It’s a joke, run with it.

That enormous ship was definitely Red Dwarf-esque, right?

Superman Gravity and Time Dilation! Apparently this time anomaly is a Real Thing, though I confess I did have to Google it.

The Doctor criticises modern society for its «Petty obsession with gender and its associated stereotypes». Does that mean that Moffat is getting annoyed with the whole ‘make the Doctor a woman’ debate, or does that mean that the showrunners might have made an interesting casting choice? I read a rumour online that Pearl Mackie might be the next Doctor. If so, that would be a first! (I would obviously be delighted as she has been amazing this series. I would be very sad to see her go, but I can’t see any way to save Bill that won’t feel like a gimmick… Would it be too jarring for Pearl Mackie to play the Doctor?)

Another blue man! And a nice little touch: you couldn’t tell he was blue on the monitor, so when he arrived, it was a bit of a surprise. In hindsight, this was another clue, wasn’t it? SHAME. SHAME.

Project Exodus sounds remarkably like the quest to Utopia, where humans were converted to Toclafane, in the three-parter ‘Utopia’, ‘The Sound of Drums’ and ‘The Last of the Time Lords’.

For more info on the Mondasian Cybermen, check out the wiki here.

Next time: The finale! It’s an epic battle against the Cybermen in ‘The Doctor Falls’, and Missy needs to choose a side. Plus that regeneration is still pending… (But Capaldi is in the Christmas special, right? So all may not be exactly as it seems…)

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