The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who
Summary: The Bank of Karabraxos has never been robbed, then again the Doctor has never tried to rob it.
Plot: The Doctor pops in to visit Clara about to head on a date when the phone on the TARDIS. He answers and literally the next then he and Clara know they are in a room at the Bank of Karabraxos with person augmented by computer memory & a mutant with memory worms in their hands. After hearing a recording of them confirming they have agreed to have their memories wiped of their own free will they are told by a mysterious person in a hood called the Architect that they are there to rob the bank and if they are caught they will be incinerated. Who has given them this mission? How did he, she or they get the Doctor’s number? What could have caused them to willingly wipe their memories to do it and what is it in the Bank of Karabraxos that is worth their lives?
Writing: Straight up adventures are always fun and this one is no exception. The Characters are all interesting, the plot and the puzzle keeps us guessing and it’s not until the very end that we figure it out. On the other hand I’d like to lock Steven Moffat in a room until he produces a full season of the Doctor without a single temporal paradox.
Acting: It’s rapidly reaching the point were complementing Capaldi on his acting is redundant, but there is not a poor performance in the episode from the two new companions, to the guards to the rather fetching Keeley Hawes in the role of the cold and ruthless Ms Delphox.
Memorable Moments: Given how entertaining the episode is there are not all that many memorable moments except for Psi’s big moment half way through and shuttitty up up up, what you need is me.
Doctor Who Flashbacks: Memory worms a al Matt Smith The Snowmen also a bit of Hide in terms of Birds and Bees.
Oddities: Since Are you telling me the richest bank with the richest depositors in the universe don’t have equipment or scientists to monitor a sun to be ready for solar storms? I think not. By its very nature that should be covered. Why was the Gunfighter from Season 7 on the list of criminals?
Pet Peeves: Consider that If you think about this episode for any length of time you realize that this should be a 60 second episode two TARDIS trips and done but then again if that was the case it wouldn’t happen because it doesn’t involve the bloody temporal paradox.
The Doctor: Question One Robbing banks is easy if you’ve got a TARDIS So why am I not using it?
Clara: Question Two: Where is the TARDIS?
The Doctor: OK That probably should be question #1
Psi: Basically I still don’t understand why you’re in charge
The Doctor: Basically it’s the eyebrows
The Doctor: Big Scarf, Bow time, bit embarrassing, What do you think of the new look? I was hoping for minimalism but I think I came out with magician.
Final Verdict: Four stars. A fun episode likely worth several re-viewings.
Ranking of Season: 4th of five. Really should be a tie for 3rd but I marked it down for the temporal paradox. I think it deserves better.
1. Into the Dalek
3. Robot of Sherwood
4. Time Heist
5. Deep Breath