Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E4 Before The Flood

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E4 Before The Flood

Sum­mary: Can the Doc­tor Save the Day when he’s appar­ently already dead?

Plot: The Doctor’s trip to the past to solve the ghost issue has already appar­ently killed him as his ghost has appeared yet before it has hap­pened he is via his phone deal­ing with Clara as he arrives in the area before it has flooded to try and dis­cover what has gone on. Can he solve the mys­tery and save the remain­ing crew and if he is already doomed, what will become of Clara?

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Writ­ing: Another part 2 of a two parter and like the first episode other than the rather fun intro the sup­port­ing cast con­tin­ues to out­shine the stars.

Act­ing: As I said last time You find your­self lik­ing and car­ing about these peo­ple because Zaqi Ismail, Sophie Lee Stone, Mor­ven Christie and Arsher Ali in par­tic­u­lar make this episode. Sophie Stone’s Cass really shines, and that’s not easy when silent

Mem­o­rable Moments: Boot­strap para­dox. The ghost stalk­ing Cass, in fact it’s one of the best an scari­est scenes you will find., the final translation.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Another exam­ple of the Boot­strap para­dox is in the 50th anniver­sary episode none the 11th doc­tor finds a fez in the Under Gallery. It is thrown into the Eliz­a­bethan era, then to the War Doc­tor on Gal­lifrey who takes it with him to the other doc­tors. In the end it ends up in the Under Gallery where the 11th doc­tor finds it. So, when was it actu­ally made?

Odd­i­ties: Peter Capaldi plays a gui­tar ver­sion of the Doc­tor Who Theme used in the open­ing it’s quite good actually

Pet Peeves: Noth­ing really both­ered me.

Great Quote(s)

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Ben­nett: That list your ghost was say­ing, that’s the order in which peo­ple are going to die, isn’t it? I mean, I’ve only just fig­ured that out. But you knew that all along, didn’t you? Moran, Pritchard, Pren­tis, O’Donnell.
The Doc­tor: I thought per­haps, because her ghost wasn’t there in the future, like Prentis’s was, I thought maybe, maybe it wouldn’t hap­pen. Maybe she stood a chance.
Ben­nett: Yeah, but you didn’t try very hard to stop her, though, did you? It was almost like you wanted to test your the­ory. So who’s next?
The Doc­tor: Clara.
Ben­nett: Yeah. Yeah. Except now you’re going to do some­thing about it, aren’t you? Yeah, because it’s get­ting closer to you. You change his­tory to save your­self but not to save O’Donnell. You wouldn’t save her.
The Doc­tor: This isn’t about sav­ing me. I’m a dead man walk­ing. I’m chang­ing his­tory to save Clara.

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The Doc­tor: So there’s this man. He has a time machine. Up and down his­tory he goes, zip zip zip zip zip, get­ting into scrapes. Another thing he has is a pas­sion for the works of Lud­wig van Beethoven. And one day he thinks, what’s the point of hav­ing a time machine if you don’t get to meet your heroes? So off he goes to eigh­teenth cen­tury Ger­many. But he can’t find Beethoven any­where. No one’s heard of him, not even his fam­ily have any idea who the time trav­eller is talk­ing about. Beethoven lit­er­ally doesn’t exist. This didn’t hap­pen, by the way. I’ve met Beethoven. Nice chap. Very intense. Loved an arm-​wrestle. No, this is called the Boot­strap Para­dox. Google it. The time trav­eller pan­ics. He can’t bear the thought of a world with­out the music of Beethoven. Luck­ily he’d brought all of his Beethoven sheet music for Lud­wig to sign. So he copies out all the con­cer­tos, and the sym­phonies and he gets them pub­lished. He becomes Beethoven. And his­tory con­tin­ues with barely a feather ruf­fled. But my ques­tion is this. Who put those notes and phrases together? Who really com­posed Beethoven’s Fifth?

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Final Ver­dict: 4 stars. .

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 3rd of 4.

1. The Witch’s Famil­iar
2. The Magician’s Appren­tice
3. Before the Flood
4. Under the Lake

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: n/​r

1. Last Christ­mas
2. The Care­taker
3. The Witch’s Famil­iar
4. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
5. Into the Dalek
6. Dark Water
7. Lis­ten
8. Flat­line
9. Robots of Sher­wood
10. The Magician’s Apprentice

Summary: Can the Doctor Save the Day when he’s apparently already dead?

Plot: The Doctor’s trip to the past to solve the ghost issue has already apparently killed him as his ghost has appeared yet before it has happened he is via his phone dealing with Clara as he arrives in the area before it has flooded to try and discover what has gone on. Can he solve the mystery and save the remaining crew and if he is already doomed, what will become of Clara?

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Writing: Another part 2 of a two parter and like the first episode other than the rather fun intro the supporting cast continues to outshine the stars.

Acting: As I said last time You find yourself liking and caring about these people because Zaqi Ismail, Sophie Lee Stone, Morven Christie and Arsher Ali in particular make this episode. Sophie Stone’s Cass really shines, and that’s not easy when silent

Memorable Moments: Bootstrap paradox. The ghost stalking Cass, in fact it’s one of the best an scariest scenes you will find., the final translation.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Another example of the Bootstrap paradox is in the 50th anniversary episode none the 11th doctor finds a fez in the Under Gallery. It is thrown into the Elizabethan era, then to the War Doctor on Gallifrey who takes it with him to the other doctors. In the end it ends up in the Under Gallery where the 11th doctor finds it. So, when was it actually made?

Oddities: Peter Capaldi plays a guitar version of the Doctor Who Theme used in the opening it’s quite good actually

Pet Peeves: Nothing really bothered me.

Great Quote(s)

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Bennett: That list your ghost was saying, that’s the order in which people are going to die, isn’t it? I mean, I’ve only just figured that out. But you knew that all along, didn’t you? Moran, Pritchard, Prentis, O’Donnell.
The Doctor: I thought perhaps, because her ghost wasn’t there in the future, like Prentis’s was, I thought maybe, maybe it wouldn’t happen. Maybe she stood a chance.
Bennett: Yeah, but you didn’t try very hard to stop her, though, did you? It was almost like you wanted to test your theory. So who’s next?
The Doctor: Clara.
Bennett: Yeah. Yeah. Except now you’re going to do something about it, aren’t you? Yeah, because it’s getting closer to you. You change history to save yourself but not to save O’Donnell. You wouldn’t save her.
The Doctor: This isn’t about saving me. I’m a dead man walking. I’m changing history to save Clara.

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The Doctor: So there’s this man. He has a time machine. Up and down history he goes, zip zip zip zip zip, getting into scrapes. Another thing he has is a passion for the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. And one day he thinks, what’s the point of having a time machine if you don’t get to meet your heroes? So off he goes to eighteenth century Germany. But he can’t find Beethoven anywhere. No one’s heard of him, not even his family have any idea who the time traveller is talking about. Beethoven literally doesn’t exist. This didn’t happen, by the way. I’ve met Beethoven. Nice chap. Very intense. Loved an arm-wrestle. No, this is called the Bootstrap Paradox. Google it. The time traveller panics. He can’t bear the thought of a world without the music of Beethoven. Luckily he’d brought all of his Beethoven sheet music for Ludwig to sign. So he copies out all the concertos, and the symphonies and he gets them published. He becomes Beethoven. And history continues with barely a feather ruffled. But my question is this. Who put those notes and phrases together? Who really composed Beethoven’s Fifth?

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Final Verdict: 4 stars. .

Ranking of Season: 3rd of 4.

1. The Witch’s Familiar
2. The Magician’s Apprentice
3. Before the Flood
4. Under the Lake

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/r

1. Last Christmas
2. The Caretaker
3. The Witch’s Familiar
4. Mummy on the Orient Express
5. Into the Dalek
6. Dark Water
7. Listen
8. Flatline
9. Robots of Sherwood
10. The Magician’s Apprentice