Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E10 Face the Raven

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S9 E10 Face the Raven

Sum­mary: How high a price are the Doc­tor & Clara will­ing to pay to save a friend?

Plot: Old friend Rigsy wakes up with a Tat­too that is count­ing down on the back of his neck, the Doc­tor and Clara trace it back to a secret enclave in the city run by old friend Ashildr. Can they prove that Rigsy did not com­mit the mur­der that he received this pun­ish­ment for and if so will sav­ing his life prove more costly than expected?

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Writ­ing: Sarah Dol­lard gives us a tight story with more twists and turns than any­one might expect. The end­ing was a com­plete sur­prise to me and I really don’t dare say more with­out pro­vid­ing spoil­ers to those who haven’t already seen it. Suf­fice to say it is one of the more dra­matic moments in the series.

Act­ing: This is the type of episode that really can test an actor. Will they over­play the moment or will they come through. Capaldi, Cole­man and Maisie Williams all pass the test with fly­ing colors.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Doc­tor 101, fix it now, I’ll do my best, promise me

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Rigsy from Flat­line and his art, Earth­shock for obvi­ous reasons

Odd­i­ties: Is it just me or has Clara had a death­wish for a long time and sim­ply keeps rolling the dice, sui­cide by Doctor.

Pet Peeves: It seems to me that if this raven thing was absolutely full proof some­one would have used it against the Doc­tor for­ever ago.


Great Quote(s)

The Doc­tor: Fix this. Fix it now.

Ashildr: It, it’s not pos­si­ble. I can’t.

The Doc­tor: Yes, it is, you can, and you will, or this street will be over. I’ll show you and all your funny lit­tle friends to the whole laugh­ing world. I’ll bring UNIT, I’ll bring the Zygons. Give me a minute, I’ll bring the Daleks and the Cyber­men. You will save Clara, and you will do it now, or I will rain hell on you for the rest of time.

Clara: Doc­tor, stop talk­ing like that.

Ashildr: You can’t.

The Doc­tor: I can do what­ever the hell I like. You’ve read the sto­ries. You know who I am. And in all of that time, did you ever hear any­thing about any­one who stopped me?

Ashildr: I know the Doc­tor. The Doc­tor would never

The Doc­tor: The Doc­tor is no longer here! You are stuck with me. And I will end you, and every­thing you love.

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Clara: Liar. You always care. Always have. Your reign of ter­ror will end with the sight of the first cry­ing child and you know it.

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Clara: You. Now, you lis­ten to me. You’re going to be alone now, and you’re very bad at that. You’re going to be furi­ous and you’re going to be sad, but lis­ten to me. Don’t let this change you. No, lis­ten. What­ever hap­pens next, wher­ever she is send­ing you, I know what you’re capa­ble of. You don’t be a War­rior. Promise me. Be a Doctor.

The Doc­tor: What’s the point of being a Doc­tor if I can’t cure you?

Clara: Heal your­self. You have to. You can’t let this turn you into a mon­ster. So, I’m not ask­ing you for a promise, I’m giv­ing you an order. You will not insult my mem­ory. There will be no revenge. I will die, and no one else, here or any­where, will suffer.

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Clara: Let me be brave. Let me be brave.

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The Doc­tor: What Clara said about not tak­ing revenge. Do you know why she said that?

Ashildr: She was sav­ing you.

The Doc­tor: I was lost a long time ago. She was sav­ing you. I’ll do my best, but I strongly advise you to keep out of my way. You’ll find that it’s a very small uni­verse when I’m angry with you.

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Final Ver­dict: 5 stars Deep and dis­turb­ing and quite a setup for what will come next.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 3rd of 10 but a really close 3rd

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Famil­iar
3rd. Face the Raven
4th. The Magician’s Appren­tice
5th. The Woman who lived
6th. Before the Flood
7th. Under the Lake
8th The Zygon Inver­sion
9th. The Zygon Inva­sion
10th Sleep no more

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: 6th

1st. Last Christ­mas
2nd. The Care­taker
3rd. The Girl who Died
4th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
5th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
6th. Face the Raven
7th. Into the Dalek
8th. Dark Water
9th. Lis­ten
10th. Flat­line

Summary: How high a price are the Doctor & Clara willing to pay to save a friend?

Plot: Old friend Rigsy wakes up with a Tattoo that is counting down on the back of his neck, the Doctor and Clara trace it back to a secret enclave in the city run by old friend Ashildr. Can they prove that Rigsy did not commit the murder that he received this punishment for and if so will saving his life prove more costly than expected?

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Writing: Sarah Dollard gives us a tight story with more twists and turns than anyone might expect. The ending was a complete surprise to me and I really don’t dare say more without providing spoilers to those who haven’t already seen it. Suffice to say it is one of the more dramatic moments in the series.

Acting: This is the type of episode that really can test an actor. Will they overplay the moment or will they come through. Capaldi, Coleman and Maisie Williams all pass the test with flying colors.

Memorable Moments: Doctor 101, fix it now, I’ll do my best, promise me

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Rigsy from Flatline and his art, Earthshock for obvious reasons

Oddities: Is it just me or has Clara had a deathwish for a long time and simply keeps rolling the dice, suicide by Doctor.

Pet Peeves: It seems to me that if this raven thing was absolutely full proof someone would have used it against the Doctor forever ago.


Great Quote(s)

The Doctor: Fix this. Fix it now.

Ashildr: It, it’s not possible. I can’t.

The Doctor: Yes, it is, you can, and you will, or this street will be over. I’ll show you and all your funny little friends to the whole laughing world. I’ll bring UNIT, I’ll bring the Zygons. Give me a minute, I’ll bring the Daleks and the Cybermen. You will save Clara, and you will do it now, or I will rain hell on you for the rest of time.

Clara: Doctor, stop talking like that.

Ashildr: You can’t.

The Doctor: I can do whatever the hell I like. You’ve read the stories. You know who I am. And in all of that time, did you ever hear anything about anyone who stopped me?

Ashildr: I know the Doctor. The Doctor would never

The Doctor: The Doctor is no longer here! You are stuck with me. And I will end you, and everything you love.

***********

Clara: Liar. You always care. Always have. Your reign of terror will end with the sight of the first crying child and you know it.

********

Clara: You. Now, you listen to me. You’re going to be alone now, and you’re very bad at that. You’re going to be furious and you’re going to be sad, but listen to me. Don’t let this change you. No, listen. Whatever happens next, wherever she is sending you, I know what you’re capable of. You don’t be a Warrior. Promise me. Be a Doctor.

The Doctor: What’s the point of being a Doctor if I can’t cure you?

Clara: Heal yourself. You have to. You can’t let this turn you into a monster. So, I’m not asking you for a promise, I’m giving you an order. You will not insult my memory. There will be no revenge. I will die, and no one else, here or anywhere, will suffer.

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

Clara: Let me be brave. Let me be brave.

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

The Doctor: What Clara said about not taking revenge. Do you know why she said that?

Ashildr: She was saving you.

The Doctor: I was lost a long time ago. She was saving you. I’ll do my best, but I strongly advise you to keep out of my way. You’ll find that it’s a very small universe when I’m angry with you.

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Final Verdict: 5 stars Deep and disturbing and quite a setup for what will come next.

Ranking of Season: 3rd of 10 but a really close 3rd

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Familiar
3rd. Face the Raven
4th. The Magician’s Apprentice
5th. The Woman who lived
6th. Before the Flood
7th. Under the Lake
8th The Zygon Inversion
9th. The Zygon Invasion
10th Sleep no more

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 6th

1st. Last Christmas
2nd. The Caretaker
3rd. The Girl who Died
4th. The Witch’s Familiar
5th. Mummy on the Orient Express
6th. Face the Raven
7th. Into the Dalek
8th. Dark Water
9th. Listen
10th. Flatline