Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Four: Knock Knock

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: Season Ten Episode Four: Knock Knock

Sum­mary: Some­times a killer rental is just that.

Plot: Bill and a group of friends find a place for them­selves, a big old house at a bar­gain and she can’t wait to move etin and get her own place. She is annoyed when the Doc­tor (her “grand­fa­ther) turns up but when her room­mates start dis­ap­pear­ing and dying can she and the Doc­tor solve the mys­tery of the land­lord and his hid­den daugh­ter?
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Writ­ing: In once sense this is such a for­mula piece, spooky house, bar­gain too good to be true, twenty some­things dis­ap­pear­ing you would think it wouldn’t work, but the strength of this story like the pre­vi­ous episode are the char­ac­ters and their inter­ac­tion and it turns what would nor­mally be a pedan­tic episode into a win­ner for writer Mike Bartlett. I like very much that unlike Mof­fatt Bartlett uses Bill ori­en­ta­tion with­out play­ing SJW. I also love the sheer nor­malcy of the search for an apart­ment and the real­ity of try­ing to do so on a budget.

Act­ing: For the first time this sea­son the sup­port­ing cast brings their A game par­tic­u­lar vet­eran actor David Suchet as the very dark yet weak land­lord the rest of the young actors all do yeo­man work here. As always Peter Capaldi brings his A game and Pearl Mackie shines so well that almost total absence of Matt Lucas is not a dis­ad­van­tage here. I found the sup­port­ing cast com­pletely bor­ing and for­get­table which I think really costs this episode, but Capaldi does period pieces so well that one can almost for­get it.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Doff my cap, Grand­dad, you should find another house,

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Grandad (Susan and 1st Doc­tor), Har­riet Jones (9th and 10th Doc­tor) Plenty of things to kill you on earth (Last Christmas)

Odd­i­ties: I love the Doc­tor help­ing Bill move, it’s so ordi­nary like the Turkey thing in the 11th Doctor’s final episode.

Pet Peeves: I don’t see any rea­son for these bugs to do what they do, the idea that the kid cold train them is quite a leap.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya​.net transcripts

Shireen: [Frus­trated at not find­ing a decent place] What do other peo­ple do?
Bill: Other peo­ple have money.


Bill: He’s my grandad.

The Doc­tor: Aw, come on. Father at least, please.
Bill: All right, grand-​father.


Felic­ity: Do you like this music, Doc­tor?
The Doc­tor: Reminds me of Quincy Jones. I stepped in for him once. The bassist he’d hired turned out to be a Klarj Neon Death Voc-​Bot. What was worse, he couldn’t play.


Harry: What’s hap­pened to her? What’s going on? Do you think it’s like she said? A thing?
The Doc­tor: Maybe.
Harry: And so is it out there now? Or in here?
The Doc­tor: Or both.
Harry: I’m scared.
The Doc­tor: Don’t be.
Harry: Why not?
The Doc­tor: It doesn’t help


Final Ver­dict: 4 stars That’s more like it. A good reg­u­lar episode and almost every­one lives too.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 4 Again a lit­tle bet­ter than the last one, the trend con­tin­ues in the right direction

1st Knock Knock
2nd Thin Ice
3rd Smile
4th The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: The good news we’re creep­ing closer to the top ten, the bad news is we still haven’t cracked it. inch­ing toward it

1st The Hus­bands of River Song
2nd. Last Christ­mas
3rd. The Care­taker
4th. The Return of Doc­tor Mys­te­rio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Famil­iar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek

Summary:  Sometimes a killer rental is just that.

Plot:   Bill and a group of friends find a place for themselves, a big old house at a bargain and she can’t wait to move etin and get her own place.  She is annoyed when the Doctor (her “grandfather) turns up but when her roommates start disappearing and dying can she and the Doctor solve the mystery of the landlord and his hidden daughter?
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Writing:  In once sense this is such a formula piece, spooky house, bargain too good to be true, twenty somethings disappearing you would think it wouldn’t work, but the strength of this story like the previous episode are the characters and their interaction and it turns what would normally be a pedantic episode into a winner for writer Mike Bartlett. I like very much that unlike Moffatt Bartlett uses Bill orientation without playing SJW.  I also love the sheer normalcy of the search for an apartment and the reality of trying to do so on a budget.

Acting:   For the first time this season the supporting cast brings their A game particular veteran actor David Suchet as the very dark yet weak landlord the rest of the young actors all do yeoman work here.  As always Peter Capaldi brings his A game and Pearl Mackie shines so well that almost total absence of Matt Lucas is not a disadvantage here. I found the supporting cast completely boring and forgettable which I think really costs this episode, but Capaldi does period pieces so well that one can almost forget it.

Memorable Moments:  Doff my cap,  Granddad, you should find another house,

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Grandad (Susan and 1st Doctor), Harriet Jones (9th and 10th Doctor)  Plenty of things to kill you on earth (Last Christmas)

Oddities: I love the Doctor helping Bill move, it’s so ordinary like the Turkey thing in the 11th Doctor’s final episode.

Pet Peeves:  I don’t see any reason for these bugs to do what they do, the idea that the kid cold train them is quite a leap.


Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts

Shireen: [Frustrated at not finding a decent place] What do other people do?
Bill: Other people have money.


Bill:  He’s my grandad.

The Doctor: Aw, come on. Father at least, please.
Bill:  All right, grand-father.


Felicity: Do you like this music, Doctor?
The Doctor: Reminds me of Quincy Jones. I stepped in for him once. The bassist he’d hired turned out to be a Klarj Neon Death Voc-Bot. What was worse, he couldn’t play. 


Harry: What’s happened to her? What’s going on? Do you think it’s like she said? A thing?
The Doctor: Maybe.
Harry: And so is it out there now? Or in here?
The Doctor: Or both.
Harry: I’m scared.
The Doctor: Don’t be.
Harry: Why not?
The Doctor: It doesn’t help


Final Verdict: 4 stars That’s more like it.  A good regular episode and almost everyone lives too.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 4  Again a little better than the last one, the trend continues in the right direction

1st Knock Knock
2nd Thin Ice
3rd Smile
4th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: The good news we’re creeping closer to the top ten, the bad news is we still haven’t cracked it. inching toward it

1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek