Peter Capaldi as the Doctor Season 10 Episode Ten The Eaters of Light

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor Season 10 Episode Ten The Eaters of Light

Sum­mary: Will the fate of the 9th Legion be the fate of the Doc­tor and his friends?

Plot: The Doc­tor and Bill find them­selves argu­ing over the fate of the lost 9th Roman Legion that dis­ap­peared in the 2nd cen­tury AD, so they decided to go back to find out what hap­pened. They and Nar­dole dis­cover a gate­way to another dimen­sion guarded by a Celt who thought it would be a good idea to let the mon­ster they were guard­ing though to stop the Roman invader, but when said mon­ster decides every­one is on the diet and the world is threat­ened will the Doc­tor be able to forge an alliance between Roman and Celt to stop them in time?

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Writ­ing: Rona Munro does every­thing right here with a tra­di­tional Doc­tor Who story with all the fix­ings from natives to Romans to a cool mon­ster. This episode could have been been writ­ten for any Doc­tor and any in any Era and other than the sex­ual pref­er­ence ref­er­ences it would have worked.

Act­ing: Of all the episodes to this point this is, in my opin­ing the best acted by every­one involved. Every per­for­mance from every lead and sup­port­ing char­ac­ter is far above par, par­tic­u­larly of course Capaldi, Lucas, Mackie (who has really grown in the role) Michelle Gomez in her cameo and all the rest

Mem­o­rable Moments: I know more about Roman’s than you, All Crows talk, Pop­corn, totally found the 9th Legion. Stop being brave. Talk­ing crows

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Argu­ing over his­tory (Robots of Sher­wood) Fans of the Roman history/​legions (The Pan­dor­ica 11th Doctor)

Odd­i­ties: It didn’t hit me until this moment that this is really the first time that Bill really has rea­son to notice the TARDIS trans­la­tion cir­cuit. seems to me it might have weapon that ties the men into knots seems kind of cool but very imprac­ti­cal. Also I’m pretty sure I remem­ber Nar­dole being able to fly the TARDIS.

Pet Peeves: I know the Doc­tor is soft­en­ing toward Missy/​Master but is he really going to give her unsu­per­vised access to the TARDIS engines?

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya​.net transcripts


The Doc­tor: What are you doing?
Nar­dole: I’m ingra­ti­at­ing myself.
The Doc­tor: Stop it. It’s nau­se­at­ing.
Nar­dole: It’s called charm.
The Doc­tor: I’m against it. I’m against charm.
Nar­dole: Yeah, we all know that.
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Bill: Some­thing to do with the Tardis. Maybe, tele­pathic field? So now that we all under­stand each other, how do we all sound?
Lucius: You sound like chil­dren.
Kar: You sound like chil­dren too.
The Doc­tor: You all do.
Bill: Is this what hap­pens when you under­stand what every­one in the uni­verse is say­ing? Every­body just sounds like chil­dren?
The Doc­tor: There are excep­tions.
Nar­dole: Thank you very much.
The Doc­tor: Not you


Nar­dole: Right, shall we go back home? Time you were guard­ing that Vault. We don’t want Missy get­ting any ideas.
Missy: Oh, one should always try to avoid those. Hello! You lot were ages. I was get­ting ever so wor­ried.
Nar­dole: How did you get out of the Vault? Sir, what do we do? How could this hap­pen?
The Doc­tor: It’s all right, Nar­dole. She’s been doing some work for me.
Missy: Sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I assumed they knew. Should I have stayed below decks?
The Doc­tor: No, no, no, no. It’s fine.
Nar­dole: She’s sup­posed to be in the Vault!
The Doc­tor: How were the engines?
Missy: Bet­ter than you deserve. You are naughty. Do you ever do basic main­te­nance?
The Doc­tor: No, but I’ve got a plan for that.
Missy: What?
The Doc­tor: You.


Final Ver­dict: Five stars What every Doc­tor who episode should want to be

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 2nd of 10 I kept look­ing for rea­sons not to like this episode and failed mis­er­ably to find one.

1st Extremis
2nd The Eaters of Light
3rd The Lie of the Land
4th Empress of Mars
5th The Pyra­mid at the End of the World
6th Knock Knock
7th Oxy­gen
8th Thin Ice
9th Smile
10th The Pilot

Top 10 Rank­ing in the Capaldi Era: 10th. The more I thought about it the more that I found I liked it bet­ter than Face the Raven and it almost edged Mummy on the Ori­ent Express but either way it’s nice to see the sea­son finally get places.

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

Summary:   Will the fate of the 9th Legion be the fate of the Doctor and his friends?

Plot: The Doctor and Bill find themselves arguing over the fate of the lost 9th Roman Legion that disappeared in the 2nd century AD, so they decided to go back to find out what happened.  They and Nardole discover a gateway to another dimension guarded by a Celt who thought it would be a good idea to let the monster they were guarding though to stop the  Roman invader, but when said monster decides everyone is on the diet and the world is threatened will the Doctor be able to forge an alliance between Roman and Celt to stop them in time?

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Writing: Rona Munro does everything right here with a traditional Doctor Who story with all the fixings from natives to Romans to a cool monster.  This episode could have been been written for any Doctor and any in any Era and other than the sexual preference references it would have worked.

Acting: Of all the episodes to this point this is, in my opining the best acted by everyone involved.  Every performance from every lead and supporting character is far above par, particularly of course Capaldi, Lucas, Mackie (who has really grown in the role) Michelle Gomez in her cameo and all the rest

Memorable Moments: I know more about Roman’s than you,  All Crows talk,  Popcorn,  totally found the 9th Legion. Stop being brave. Talking crows

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Arguing over history (Robots of Sherwood)  Fans of the Roman history/legions (The Pandorica 11th Doctor)

Oddities: It didn’t hit me until this moment that this is really the first time that Bill really has reason to notice the TARDIS translation circuit.   seems to me it might have weapon that ties the men into knots seems kind of cool but very impractical.   Also I’m pretty sure I remember Nardole being able to fly the TARDIS.

Pet Peeves: I know the Doctor is softening toward Missy/Master but is he really going to give her unsupervised access to the TARDIS engines?

Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts


The Doctor:   What are you doing?
Nardole: I’m ingratiating myself.
The Doctor:  Stop it. It’s nauseating.
Nardole:  It’s called charm.
The Doctor:  I’m against it. I’m against charm.
Nardole:  Yeah, we all know that.
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Bill: Something to do with the Tardis. Maybe, telepathic field? So now that we all understand each other, how do we all sound?
Lucius: You sound like children.
Kar: You sound like children too.
The Doctor: You all do.
Bill: Is this what happens when you understand what everyone in the universe is saying? Everybody just sounds like children?
The Doctor: There are exceptions.
Nardole: Thank you very much.
The Doctor: Not you


Nardole:   Right, shall we go back home? Time you were guarding that Vault. We don’t want Missy getting any ideas.
Missy:  Oh, one should always try to avoid those. Hello! You lot were ages. I was getting ever so worried.
Nardole:  How did you get out of the Vault? Sir, what do we do? How could this happen?
The Doctor:  It’s all right, Nardole. She’s been doing some work for me.
Missy: Sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I assumed they knew. Should I have stayed below decks?
The Doctor:   No, no, no, no. It’s fine.
Nardole:   She’s supposed to be in the Vault!
The Doctor:  How were the engines?
Missy: Better than you deserve. You are naughty. Do you ever do basic maintenance?
The Doctor:   No, but I’ve got a plan for that.
Missy: What?
The Doctor:  You.


Final Verdict: Five stars  What every Doctor who episode should want to be

Ranking of Season: 2nd of 10  I kept looking for reasons not to like this episode and failed miserably to find one.

1st Extremis
2nd The Eaters of Light
3rd The Lie of the Land
4th Empress of Mars
5th The Pyramid at the End of the World
6th Knock Knock
7th Oxygen
8th Thin Ice
9th Smile
10th The Pilot

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 10th.   The more I thought about it the more that I found I liked it better than Face the Raven and it almost edged Mummy on the Orient Express but either way it’s nice to see the season finally get places.

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