Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E11 Dark Water

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E11 Dark Water

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

Sum­mary: Danny Pink is Dead and Clara expects the Doc­tor to do some­thing about it, or else!

Plot: Clara is speak­ing to Danny Pink on the phone, get­ting ready to say some­thing impor­tant to him, unfor­tu­nately he lis­tens so intently he doesn’t pay atten­tion as he walks into traf­fic. Clara dri­ven mad with grief attempts to black­mail the Doc­tor into chang­ing the past. After resolv­ing some issues the Doc­tor plugs Clara into the TARDIS which lands at 3W and is greeted by an odd woman highly affec­tion­ate woman named Missy, while else­where a con­fused Danny Pink is deal­ing with his death. Is he really dead, can he be brought back and once the Doc­tor & Clara dis­cover 3W & Missy’s secret, will they be sav­ing Danny from the after­life or join­ing him?
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Writ­ing: It’s always tough to judge a two parter from only the first part. Addi­tion­ally because of the pre­views and info from the very start of the sea­son, we know what the secret of 3W is but it’s not until the very end of the episode that Mof­fat gives us the reveal of the actual secret (Missy) that he’s been hold­ing back all year. I sus­pect it’s some­thing he’s been dying to do as he’s been hint­ing at it for years. I think that while Missy is really writ­ten well (and is, in one respect his final homage to the Per­twee years he loves) he risks play­ing the same social games that doomed the orig­i­nal series. One final thought, it isn’t after years of com­plain­ing about a para­dox every 15 min­utes in the Mof­fat era, that Mr. Para­dox him­self is bas­ing a story on try­ing to talk the Doc­tor into play­ing the para­dox game. He is pok­ing fun at him­self in a really clever way.

Act­ing: A very deep episode and both Capaldi and Cole­man prove with­out ques­tion that they can do deep as does Sam Ander­son, how­ever the real star of the show is Michelle Gomez’s Missy. What­ever one might think of this move there is no ques­tion that she’s tak­ing Moffat’s writ­ing and run­ning with it. While I dis­like the move because of what it’s try­ing to do there is no ques­tion that she can go toe to toe with Capaldi and has the poten­tial to be an excel­lent foil for Capaldi’s Doc­tor for years to come.

Mem­o­rable Moments: The call, the greet­ing, the keys, donated to science

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Cyber­men at St. Paul’s The Inva­sion (2nd Doc­tor) Minds stored in the Matrix The Deadly Assas­sin (4th Doc­tor) Bring­ing the dead back Time Flight (5th Doc­tor) Waters of Mars (10th Doctor)

Odd­i­ties: Since it’s appar­ent that they can grab minds from dif­fer­ent eras in the time stream (see Deep Breath, Into the Dalek and the Care­taker) why would they need the minds of those who had no phys­i­cal body remaining?

Pet Peeves: OK Maybe it’s just me but if I knew some­one would kill me after they said some­thing nice, I think I’d hold off.

Why couldn’t the Doc­tor turn on the Tardis loca­tion stuff AFTER they landed?

Great Quote(s)

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Clara: You’re going to help me?
The Doc­tor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?
Clara: Because of what I just did. I just
The Doc­tor: You betrayed me. Betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friend­ship, you betrayed every­thing that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!
Clara: Then why are you help­ing me?
The Doc­tor: Why? Do you think I care for you so lit­tle that betray­ing me would make a difference?

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Clara: I don’t deserve a friend like you.
The Doc­tor: Clara, I’m ter­ri­bly sorry, but I’m exactly what you deserve.

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The Doc­tor: [Missy has just released him from a wall pin­ning kiss] Clara, is it over now?
Clara: I think it’s over, yeah.

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Seb: And the Wi-​Fi is bet­ter out here. Don’t know why.
Danny: Wi-​Fi?
Seb: Yeah, still a bit spotty, but basi­cally
Danny: You have Wi-​Fi here? You. You have iPads in the after­life?
Seb: IPads? We have Steve Jobs.

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The Doc­tor: Get away from here! All of you, run! Go! Go! Get away from here! Run away! Run, run! Get away from here all of you, now!
Missy: I’m sorry, every­one. Another rant­ing Scots­man in the street. I had no idea there was a match on.

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Final Ver­dict: Four 12 stars. I don’t like the cul­ture war entry here but it’s nec­es­sary to rank the episode inde­pen­dent of it. Make no mis­take this episode is an entry in the cul­ture wars but that fact was diverted by the con­tro­versy con­cern­ing cremation.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 4th of 11. Always hard to rank the 1st part of a two parter inde­pen­dent of the 2nd part that I haven’t seen yet but even though there are themes I don’t care for there is no deny­ing it’s really good.

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

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

Summary: Danny Pink is Dead and Clara expects the Doctor to do something about it, or else!

Plot:  Clara is speaking to Danny Pink on the phone, getting ready to say something important to him, unfortunately he listens so intently he doesn’t pay attention as he walks into traffic.  Clara driven mad with grief attempts to blackmail the Doctor into changing the past.  After resolving some issues the Doctor plugs Clara into the TARDIS which lands at 3W and is greeted by an odd woman highly affectionate woman named Missy, while elsewhere a confused Danny Pink is dealing with his death.  Is he really dead, can he be brought back and once the Doctor & Clara discover 3W & Missy’s secret, will they be saving Danny from the afterlife or joining him?
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Writing:  It’s always tough to judge a two parter from only the first part.  Additionally because of the previews and info from the very start of the season, we know what the secret of 3W is but it’s not until the very end of the episode that Moffat gives us the reveal of the actual secret (Missy) that he’s been holding back all year. I suspect it’s something he’s been dying to do as he’s been hinting at it for years.  I think that while Missy is really written well (and is, in one respect his final homage to the Pertwee years he loves) he risks playing the same social games that doomed the original series.  One final thought, it isn’t after years of complaining about a paradox every 15 minutes in the Moffat era, that Mr. Paradox himself is basing a story on trying to talk the Doctor into playing the paradox game.  He is poking fun at himself in a really clever way.

Acting: A very deep episode and both Capaldi and Coleman prove without question that they can do deep as does Sam Anderson, however the real star of the show is Michelle Gomez’s Missy.  Whatever one might think of this move there is no question that she’s taking Moffat’s writing and running with it.  While I dislike the move because of what it’s trying to do there is no question that she can go toe to toe with Capaldi and has the potential to be an excellent foil for Capaldi’s Doctor for years to come.

Memorable Moments: The call, the greeting, the keys, donated to science

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Cybermen at St. Paul’s The Invasion (2nd Doctor) Minds stored in the Matrix The Deadly Assassin (4th Doctor) Bringing the dead back Time Flight (5th Doctor) Waters of Mars (10th Doctor)

Oddities:  Since it’s apparent that they can grab minds from different eras in the time stream (see Deep Breath, Into the Dalek and the Caretaker) why would they need the minds of those who had no physical body remaining?

Pet Peeves:  OK Maybe it’s just me but if I knew someone would kill me after they said something nice, I think I’d hold off.

Why couldn’t the Doctor turn on the Tardis location stuff AFTER they landed?

 

Great Quote(s) 

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Clara: You’re going to help me?
The Doctor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?
Clara: Because of what I just did. I just
The Doctor: You betrayed me. Betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!
Clara: Then why are you helping me?
The Doctor: Why? Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?

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Clara: I don’t deserve a friend like you.
The Doctor: Clara, I’m terribly sorry, but I’m exactly what you deserve.

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

The Doctor: [Missy has just released him from a wall pinning kiss] Clara, is it over now?
Clara: I think it’s over, yeah.

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Seb: And the Wi-Fi is better out here. Don’t know why.
Danny: Wi-Fi?
Seb: Yeah, still a bit spotty, but basically
Danny: You have Wi-Fi here? You. You have iPads in the afterlife?
Seb: IPads? We have Steve Jobs.

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The Doctor: Get away from here! All of you, run! Go! Go! Get away from here! Run away! Run, run! Get away from here all of you, now!
Missy: I’m sorry, everyone. Another ranting Scotsman in the street. I had no idea there was a match on.

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Final Verdict:   Four 1/2 stars. I don’t like the culture war entry here but it’s necessary to rank the episode independent of it.   Make no mistake this episode is an entry in the culture wars but that fact was diverted by the controversy concerning cremation.

Ranking of Season:   4th of 11. Always hard to rank the 1st part of a two parter independent of the 2nd part that I haven’t seen yet but even though there are themes I don’t care for there is no denying it’s really good.

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