Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E9 Flatline

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E9 Flatline

The Lat­est of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doc­tor Who

Sum­mary: Mur­der strikes Bris­tol in a totally dif­fer­ent Dimen­sion or the lack thereof.

Plot: The TARDIS lands in the wrong place (Bris­tol) and with the wrong exte­rior dimen­sions to the point he and Clara can barely get out. The Doc­tor re-​enters and sends Clara off with his psy­chic paper and sonic screw­driver to try and trace the source which is a set of two dimen­sional beings respon­si­ble for a series of dis­ap­pear­ances using the “murals” of the dead as dis­guises. Clara with the TARDIS now small enough to fit in her purse must take the role of the Doc­tor. Can she keep every­one alive long enough to both restore the TARDIS and save every­one while she’s doing it?

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Writ­ing: Jamie Mathieson’s 2nd Doc­tor Who story is another hor­ror with a touch of Adams fam­ily com­edy. He keeps it mov­ing while putting the Doc­tor in Clara’s head both in terms of a cam­era and ear­piece. It’s a win­ner although with two straight hor­rors it remains to be seen if he can write some­thing with a dif­fer­ent motif vein, but even if every time we see his credit at the start it means another hor­ror at least we know dis­ap­point­ment is unlikely to follow.

Act­ing: Both & Cole­man do their usual good job Capaldi does most of his work alone and Cole­man splits time with the sup­port­ing cast (mostly Joivan Wade’s “Rigby”) with Cole­man doing the bet­ter job in an episode that nei­ther by cos­tume or dia­logue plays on her sex­u­al­ity. As far as the sup­port­ing cast, noth­ing spe­cial going on, they are ade­quate but not memorable.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Some­thing I don’t know, num­bers, Thing. Lies, The Phone call to Danny. I name you.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Shrink­ing TARDIS Logopo­lis (4th Doc­tor) The Man who stops the monsters…The Girl in the Fire­place, I name you… The Shake­speare Code, The wrong peo­ple sur­viv­ing Voy­age of the Damned (all 10th doc­tor) Hav­ing to lie The Wed­ding of River Song (11th Doctor).

Odd­i­ties: The scene where the TARDIS is shrunk really brings out how tiny (52″) Jenna Cole­man is, par­tic­u­larly com­pared to Peter Capaldi’s 6′ height. From the shoot­ing it appears Jenna was the only one actu­ally ever fully inside the prop.
Pet Peeves: Since the out­side dimen­sion of TARDIS and the inner shell are in dif­fer­ent dimen­sions why would the size of said dimen­sions have any effect on the power levels?

Great Quote(s)

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The Doc­tor: This is annoy­ing. The Tardis never does this. This is huge! Well, not lit­er­ally huge. Slightly smaller than usual. Which is huge.
Clara: Yes. I get it. You’re excited. When can I go home?
The Doc­tor: Your house isn’t going any­where. And nei­ther is mine until I get this fig­ured out. Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of not know­ing some­thing? I mean, it hap­pens so rarely.

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Risby You never did tell me your name.
The Doc­tor: [speak­ing to Clara through her ear­piece from the Shrunken TARDIS] No time to frat­er­nize. Come on, get rid of him.
Clara: I’m er, I’m the Doc­tor.
The Doc­tor: [EST] In the TARDIS Don’t you dare.
Clara: Doc­tor Oswald. But you can call me Clara.
Risby I’m Risby. So er, what are you a doc­tor of?
The Doc­tor: [EST] Of lies.
Clara: Well, I’m usu­ally quite vague about that. I think I just picked the title because it makes me sound important.

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Risby It’s big­ger. On the inside.
The Doc­tor: [ST]Do you know, I don’t think that statement’s ever been truer.

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The Doc­tor: [CST] Excel­lent lying, Doc­tor Oswald.
Clara: Yeah? Well, thought it was pretty weak myself.
The Doc­tor: [CST] I meant to me.

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The Doc­tor: [CST] Clara, this is a Vital stage. This lit­tle group is cur­rently con­fused and dis­ori­en­tated. But pretty soon a leader is going to emerge. You need to make sure that leader is you.
Clara: I’m on it. George. George, isn’t it? Can you watch that area? If you hear any­thing, any­thing moves, you shout, okay?
Fen­ton: He will do no such thing until I get some answers. Who are you? That’s what I want to know. Imper­son­at­ing a gov­ern­ment offi­cial. Tres­pass­ing on coun­cil prop­erty.
Clara: Seri­ously?
Fen­ton: Seri­ously.
Clara: Fine, I’ll tell you who I am. I am the one chance you’ve got of stay­ing alive. That’s who I am.

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Clara: Er, what are you doing?
Risby I’m going to ram them, buy you some time.
Clara: You’ll die.
Risby Yeah, course I’ll die. Now go!
Clara: Well, why’d you want to do that?
Risby Just go, okay? Let me do this.
Clara: Okay, fine, yeah. And I’ll always remem­ber you.
Risby Fine. Great
Clara: Cos I was just going to do this. [attaches hair­band to con­trol to hold it in place] No dri­ver required. And I really like that hair band, but I sup­pose I’ll just take it, will I? And every time I look at it, I’ll remem­ber the hero who died to save it.

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The Doc­tor: I tried to talk. I want you to remem­ber that. I tried to reach out, I tried to under­stand you, but I think that you under­stand us per­fectly. And I think you just don’t care. And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infil­trate or just replace us. I don’t sup­pose it really mat­ters now. You are mon­sters. That is the role you seem deter­mined to play. So it seems I must play mine. [Dra­mat­i­cally exits the TARDIS] The man that stops the mon­sters. I’m send­ing you back to your own dimen­sion. Who knows? Some of you may even sur­vive the trip. And, if you do, remem­ber this. You are not wel­come here. This plane is pro­tected. I am the Doc­tor. And I name you The Boneless.

Final Ver­dict: Four stars. Solid episode

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 5th of 8. That “mon­ster” speech is going to get a lot of youtube replays.

1. The Care­taker
2. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
3. Into the Dalek
4. Lis­ten
5. Flat­line
6. Robot of Sher­wood
7. Time Heist
8. Kill the Moon
9. Deep Breath

The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who

Summary: Murder strikes Bristol in a totally different Dimension or the lack thereof.

Plot:  The TARDIS lands in the wrong place (Bristol) and with the wrong exterior dimensions to the point he and Clara can barely get out. The Doctor re-enters and sends Clara off with his psychic paper and sonic screwdriver to try and trace the source which is a set of two dimensional beings responsible for a series of disappearances using the “murals” of the dead as disguises. Clara with the TARDIS now small enough to fit in her purse must take the role of the Doctor. Can she keep everyone alive long enough to both restore the TARDIS and save everyone while she’s doing it?

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Writing:    Jamie Mathieson’s 2nd Doctor Who story is another horror with a touch of Adams family comedy. He keeps it moving while putting the Doctor in Clara’s head both in terms of a camera and earpiece. It’s a winner although with two straight horrors it remains to be seen if he can write something with a different motif vein, but even if every time we see his credit at the start it means another horror at least we know disappointment is unlikely to follow.

Acting: Both & Coleman do their usual good job Capaldi does most of his work alone and Coleman splits time with the supporting cast (mostly Joivan Wade’s “Rigby”) with Coleman doing the better job in an episode that neither by costume or dialogue plays on her sexuality. As far as the supporting cast, nothing special going on, they are adequate but not memorable.

Memorable Moments: Something I don’t know, numbers, Thing.  Lies, The Phone call to Danny. I name you.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:   Shrinking TARDIS Logopolis (4th Doctor) The Man who stops the monsters…The Girl in the Fireplace, I name you… The Shakespeare Code, The wrong people surviving Voyage of the Damned (all 10th doctor) Having to lie The Wedding of River Song (11th Doctor).

Oddities: The scene where the TARDIS is shrunk really brings out how tiny (5′ 2″) Jenna Coleman is, particularly compared to Peter Capaldi’s 6′ height. From the shooting it appears Jenna was the only one actually ever fully inside the prop.
Pet Peeves:   Since the outside dimension of TARDIS and the inner shell are in different dimensions why would the size of said dimensions have any effect on the power levels?

Great Quote(s) 

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The Doctor: This is annoying. The Tardis never does this. This is huge! Well, not literally huge. Slightly smaller than usual. Which is huge.
Clara: Yes. I get it. You’re excited. When can I go home?
The Doctor: Your house isn’t going anywhere. And neither is mine until I get this figured out. Could you not just let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something? I mean, it happens so rarely.

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Risby You never did tell me your name.
The Doctor: [speaking to Clara through her earpiece from the Shrunken TARDIS] No time to fraternize. Come on, get rid of him.
Clara: I’m er, I’m the Doctor.
The Doctor: [EST] In the TARDIS Don’t you dare.
Clara: Doctor Oswald. But you can call me Clara.
Risby I’m Risby. So er, what are you a doctor of?
The Doctor: [EST] Of lies.
Clara: Well, I’m usually quite vague about that. I think I just picked the title because it makes me sound important.

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Risby It’s bigger. On the inside.
The Doctor: [ST]Do you know, I don’t think that statement’s ever been truer.

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The Doctor: [CST] Excellent lying, Doctor Oswald.
Clara:   Yeah? Well, thought it was pretty weak myself.
The Doctor: [CST] I meant to me.

**************************************************

The Doctor: [CST] Clara, this is a Vital stage. This little group is currently confused and disorientated. But pretty soon a leader is going to emerge. You need to make sure that leader is you.
Clara:  I’m on it. George. George, isn’t it? Can you watch that area? If you hear anything, anything moves, you shout, okay?
Fenton: He will do no such thing until I get some answers. Who are you? That’s what I want to know. Impersonating a government official. Trespassing on council property.
Clara:  Seriously?
Fenton: Seriously.
Clara:   Fine, I’ll tell you who I am. I am the one chance you’ve got of staying alive. That’s who I am.

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Clara:   Er, what are you doing?
Risby I’m going to ram them, buy you some time.
Clara:   You’ll die.
Risby Yeah, course I’ll die. Now go!
Clara:  Well, why’d you want to do that?
Risby Just go, okay? Let me do this.
Clara:   Okay, fine, yeah. And I’ll always remember you.
Risby Fine. Great
Clara:  Cos I was just going to do this. [attaches hairband to control to hold it in place] No driver required. And I really like that hair band, but I suppose I’ll just take it, will I? And every time I look at it, I’ll remember the hero who died to save it.

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The Doctor: I tried to talk. I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think you just don’t care. And I don’t know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don’t suppose it really matters now. You are monsters. That is the role you seem determined to play. So it seems I must play mine. [Dramatically exits the TARDIS] The man that stops the monsters. I’m sending you back to your own dimension. Who knows? Some of you may even survive the trip. And, if you do, remember this. You are not welcome here. This plane is protected. I am the Doctor. And I name you The Boneless.

Final Verdict:   Four stars. Solid episode

Ranking of Season:   5th of 8.   That “monster” speech is going to get a lot of youtube replays.

1. The Caretaker
2. Mummy on the Orient Express
3. Into the Dalek
4. Listen
5. Flatline
6. Robot of Sherwood
7. Time Heist
8. Kill the Moon
9. Deep Breath