Summary: There are sometimes costs to being saved by the Doctor, can one be saved from them?

Plot: While Clara is on holiday the Doctor is trailing alien to England of the 16th century where he encounters a highwayman who turns out to be Ashildr.  She is disappointed to find the Doctor has not come to take her away as centuries of life have changed her for the worse to the point where she has even abandoned her name (calling herself “Me”) can the Doctor redeem her as they both seek that alien tech or is there something deeper going on?

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Writing:  This episode unlike the other two parters of the season can stand alone as a great story particularly as it deals with the side effects of the Doctor’s acts.  You are never sure how or where it is going to go, which is exactly how a Doctor Who episode is supposed to be.

Acting: Maisie Williams and Capaldi clearly have chemistry and if the decision was made to include her as a permanent companion it would not be bad.  Sam Swift (Rufus Hound) does an admirable job but the character is so well written that it’s fairly easy.

Memorable Moments: Oddly enough only the initial robbery is all that memorable.  While the episode is good nothing really stands out except perhaps the various flashbacks by Ashildr.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Burning of London by the Terileptils (The Visitation 5th doctor) Consequences of the Doctor Saving the day (9th Doctor Long Game / Bad Wold) 10th Doctor (School Reunion).

Oddities: Given the number of years she has lived I would think she would have had a lot more “Doctor” knowledge.

Pet Peeves:  The view of Ashildr in the 21st century assumes the device never wears out.  Given that the aliens the Doctor were fighting were not immortal and given the constant bits of the Tardis breaking that seems unlikely.

Great Quote(s)

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The Doctor: Oh, don’t mind me, don’t mind me. I’m only going to be a minute. Don’t worry. Oh, very warm.
Highwayman: What are you doing?
The Doctor: Oh, just ignore me, I’m just passing through, like fish in the night.
Highwayman: This is a robbery!
The Doctor: It’s not fish in the night, it’s something else.
Highwayman: This is my robbery.
The Doctor: No, ships in the night. Yeah, something like that.
Highwayman: Step aside or I shall blow your brains out.
The Doctor: Sorry, were you talking to me there? Try again. I promise I’ll listen this time.
Highwayman: You have interrupted my robbery, sir, and you will step away, if you wish to take another breath.
Coachman: You’re going to get us all killed, if you don’t shut your mouth.
The Doctor: Sorry. Sorry, I really was planning to listen that time but, basically, I didn’t. Usually, someone hits me at this point, but she’s taking the Year 7s for Taekwondo. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh! Yes! Got you! Oh, hang on. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was a robbery.
Highwayman: I am robbing these people. You are getting out of my way.
The Doctor: I just need one tiny little thing from out of this box.
Highwayman: This is my robbery!
The Doctor: Well, can’t we share it? Isn’t that what robbery’s all about?
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Ashildr/Me: Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. Over over a hundred thousand hours and you’re the best there’s ever been. I don’t need to be indestructible, I’m superb.
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Llewelyn: There’s a bounty on your head for twenty pounds.
The Doctor: Twenty pounds? Is that all?
Stout: ‘Tis a small fortune to us.
The Doctor: Well, in that case, I know where Lady Me keeps all of her money. Almost thirty pounds.
Llewelyn: Now why didn’t you say that in the first place?

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Final Verdict: 4 stars. A Good episode

Ranking of Season: 4th of 6.

1. The Girl who Died
2. The Witch’s Familiar
3. The Magician’s Apprentice
4. The Woman who lived
5. Before the Flood
6. Under the Lake

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

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

Summary: Can the Doctor Save a Viking Village from Alien Invaders without the cost of his soul?

Plot: The Doctor & Clara are captured by Vikings and while Trying to pass himself off as Oden to escape is interruped by aliens who do a better Oden imitation than him.  Clara & a viking lass named Ashildr (who the Doctor remembers in reverse)  declares war on the invaders after they slay the best Viking warriors, meaning the Doctor & Clara have 24 hours to figure out how to stop one of the deadliest warrior races in the galaxy with a bunch of farmers / fishermen and no TARDIS.

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Writing:  This episode has all the aspects of the best of the doctor who stories.  Mathieson & Moffat weave an excellent tale with drama comedy pathos and for good measure throw in the Doctor remembering where he got his face.  It’s a memorable scene but not as memorable as the character they are creating,   but that’s for a later review.

Acting: A lot of fuss is made about Maisie Williams in this episode but I think the supporting cast of Vikings do even better here.  This episode allows both Capaldi & Coleman range to play.  It’s said that Brian Blessed was supposed to play Oden in this episode but could no do to illness.  I confess that knowing that made the episode a little less fun because I keep thinking how much better he would have made it.

Memorable Moments: When it comes to memorable moments It’s Loaded!  Not dying, Yo Yo, You will beg for mercy, don’t believe that false Oden, Benny Hill, The Doctor remembers, To hell with you , the fire.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Reversing the polarity, literal flashbacks to the fires of Pompeii and Deep Breath.

Oddities: Given the time travel of the Doctor it’s less likely he is remembering in reverse than that he’s actually seen her somewhere but didn’t place her till now.

Pet Peeves: Granted that the doctor adjusted the medical kit but that doesn’t mean a piece of machinery isn’t going to wear out, after all bits of the TARDIS are constantly doing that.

Great Quote(s)

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Nollarr: You’re coming with us.
The Doctor: No, I’m not. Do you want to know why? On my face, right now, more advanced technology than your species will manage over the next nine million years. (The Viking breaks the sunglasses) Clara?
Clara: Yeah?
The Doctor: We’re going with the Vikings.
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The Doctor: [As the village burns] Well, that could have gone better. Morning.
Heidi ; [waking up] What happened?
The Doctor: The Big Bang, dinosaurs, bipeds, and a mounting sense of futility.
Clara: More recently, Chuckles hit Lofty over the head, on his helmet, with his sword, which knocked him out. There was a little blood, which you saw [Heidi faints] and did that. Only, the first time you did it, you knocked a torch onto some hay, which spooked a horse, who kicked open a gate, and er, I’m sure you can fill in the rest.
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The Doctor: I can do anything. There’s nothing I can’t do. Nothing. But I’m not supposed to. Ripples, tidal waves, rules. I’m not supposed to. Oh. Oh!
Clara: What? What’s wrong?
The Doctor:: My face.
The Doctor:[Flashback Deep Breath]: Who frowned me this face? Why this one? Why did I choose this face?
Clara: Doctor, what’s wrong with your face?
The Doctor: I think I know why I chose it.
The Doctor: [Flashback Deep Breath]: It’s like I’m trying to tell myself something.
The Doctor: I think I know what I’m trying to say.
Donna Noble: [Flashback The Fires of Pompeii] Just someone. Not the whole town. Just save someone.
10th Doctor:: [Flashback The Fires of Pompeii] Come with me. [reaches out to Lobus Caecilus who bears a striking resemblance to actor Peter Capaldi]
The Doctor: I know where I got this face, and I know what it’s for.
Clara: Okay, what’s it for?
The Doctor: To remind me. To hold me to the mark. I’m the Doctor, and I save people. And if anyone happens to be listening, and you’ve got any kind of a problem with that, to hell with you!

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The Doctor: Immortality isn’t living forever. That’s not what it feels like. Immortality is everybody else dying.

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Final Verdict: 5 stars. Don’t miss this one.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 5. This one was tough but I really don’t care much or the Daleks so I rate it above the Witches Familiar but it could have gone either way.

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

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 3rd

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

Summary: Can The Doctor save an army team from Ghosts in a base under the lake?

Plot: Clara is seeking an adventure so the The Doctor lands in a sea base under a lake where the team there have found an alien spacecraft. As crew members start dying they turn into Ghosts and attack the others. The Doctor traces it to the spaceship which showed up just before the area was flooded. Can the Doctor contain the Ghost and will his trip with part of the crew to the point where the spaceship & flood arrive provide the solution or just more ghosts.

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Writing: Another two parter and this one is more character driven by the relationships between the characters. You also have the stock. “company” guy that everyone can’t wait to see killed. There is nothing here that really jumps out to talk about

Acting: I think the supporting cast here overshadows Capaldi and Coleman but that’s because the story is written that way. 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 (You’ll hear more than the same next time).

Memorable Moments: the cards

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Ghosts of N Space (which is a BBC audio 3rd Doctor story)

Oddities: The Psychic paper declares the Doctor is from UNIT. That is actually kinda accurate.

Pet Peeves: The Doctor Talks the crew into staying instead of getting out alive, this is very countra doctor.

Great Quote(s)

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Bennett: Wait, you’re going to go back in time? How do you do that?
The Doctor: Extremely well.

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The Doctor: They’re ghosts! Yeah, ghosts
Clara: You said there was no such thing. You actually pooh-poohed the ghost theory.
The Doctor: Yes, well, well, there was no such thing as, as socks or smartphones and badgers until there suddenly were.

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Final Verdict: 4 stars. A good story part 1.

Ranking of Season: 3rd of 3.

1. The Witch’s Familiar
2. The Magician’s Apprentice
3. 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

FYI you might be wondering why I took so long to start reviewing this season, it’s because no season required more thought to figure out.

Summary: The Doctor is alone with Davros, Clara is alone with Missy, who is in the greatest danger?

Plot: The Doctor dialogs with the dying Davros while hoping to somehow save Clara, meanwhile , Meanwhile Clara & Missy are plotting to assault the Dalek capital with a pointed stick to save the doctor. Will Missy betray Clara, Will Clara kill Missy if she gets the chance? Will the doctor escape Davros, will Davros escape the Doctor? Does Davros have a cunning plan and will everyone just end up exterminated by the Daleks?

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Writing: This episode is part two of a two parter and it’s much stronger because it has a unified storyline. It’s clear that Moffat absolutely loves writing for Missy (who I think would have been better as a new character). Amazingly the writing for Davros is also great as is the dialog between him and the Doctor. It’s yet another episode where Capaldi has little physical exertion but you never notice because it’s so damn good. That’s the problem with being Reggie Jackson people are so used to the Home Runs that they act offended when he grounds out or hits a mere single. This one is a homer

Acting: The problem with Michelle Gomez is she is so good that it’s easy to ignore the spectacular performances of Julian Bleach’s Davros opposite Capaldi and Coleman’s excellent foil to Gomez. The quality of acting exceeds the writing and the writing on this episode is superb.

Memorable Moments: the flashback, the Doctor Joke, You’re my secret favorite, 20 feet, the chair

Doctor Who Flashbacks:
the entire opening sequence is a brand new flashback. Very good.

Oddities: Didn’t a Dalek ask for mercy of River Song (without success)? In fairness the Doctor was not there to hear it..

Pet Peeves: While the Doctor’s is not aware of his Timeline Davors is so for him to even have this plan he has to figure out that there is a gap between the Doctor’s two actions that are by his perception minutes apart and more importantly how does he know when to seize the Doctor to make sure he is in that time?

Great Quote(s)

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Clara: Why are you sharpening that stick?
MISSY: Well, I’ve no idea how long we’re going to be stuck out here. Might have to go hunting.
CLARA: So why am I tied up?
MISSY: In case there’s nothing to hunt.

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Clara: So the androids think he’s dead and the Doctor escapes.
Missy: No, he’s the Doctor. He fell into a nest of vampire monkeys.

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Clara: What are you doing?
Missy: Murdering a Dalek. I’m a Time Lady, it’s our golf.

Oh hell let’s just take it as read that every line from Missy in this episode is a great quote

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12th Doctor: Of course, the real question is, where did I get the cup of tea? Answer? I’m the Doctor. Just accept it.

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The Doctor: You really are dying, aren’t you?
Davros: Look at me. Did you doubt it?
The Doctor: Yes.
Davros: Then we have established one thing only.
The Doctor: What?
Davros: You are not a good doctor.

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Final Verdict: 5 stars. Even with the huge plot hole (see pet peeves) it’s a great episode & Michelle Gomez give it an unfair advantage.

Ranking of Season: 1st of 2.

1. The Witch’s Familiar
2. The Magician’s Apprentice

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 3rd. If the episode was presented as a single one with the Magician’s Apprentice it might have managed 2nd.

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
FYI you might be wondering why I took so long to start reviewing this season, it’s because no season required more thought to figure out.

Summary: Everyone’s Looking for the Doctor but he’s throwing a Going away party for himself

Plot:   The Doctor’s meeting with the Pre-Teen Davros so affects him he withdraws, prompting Davros, Missy, Unit and Clara to go on a full court press to find him. Where is the Doctor? Why has he sent his confession dial to the Master/Missy and why is Davros so eager to see him before he (Davros) dies?

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Writing:  This episode is part one of a two parter which makes the story deceptive. When viewed alone it seems completely discombobulated, but when viewed as a two parter (Which is a traditional 2 hour four part Doctor Who story) it’s a lot better. There is a lot to take in here and while there is plenty to like it’s very hard to follow, particularly if you haven’t seen the prequel. The real problem with the episode is the amount of throw away in it that wouldn’t’ be throw away in the old 30 minute episode format of the 70’s 80. Or to put it another way, good writing in a so so cover.

Acting:   Capaldi and Coleman as usual are strong, both get some fun time but even in her short time on the screen comparatively Michelle Gomez really dominates the episode. I thought gender bending the Master was a cheap stunt but Gomez is just so damn good that it’s impossible to not like her. Julian Bleach’s plays Davros as if he never left the role Colony Sarff is a cool villain as sidekick to Davros. Jemma Redgrave doesn’t get her due here and the cameos of Claire Higgins & Kelly Hunter as the head of the shadow proclamation are cute but have little purpose.

Memorable Moments: help me? Guitar Solo, Pretty Woman, Mickey becomes Missy, Would you rather kill me, The hunt.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: 4th Doctor’s moral dilemma (Genesis of the Daleks) , A series of voice overs from doctors 5 Resurrection of the Daleks, 6 Revelation of the Daleks, 7 Remembrance of the Daleks & 10 The Stolen Earth are played.

Oddities:  Getting the Tank in and out of the TARDIS would have been odd, and the Dude stuff was a bit weird.

Pet Peeves:   If Colony Sarff & the Daleks don’t know where the Doctor is Bros a Dalek slave, and if all it takes is one snake to make one into a Dalek why isn’t he just converting Clara & Missy. Do we really need the lesbian hint stuff?

Great Quote(s) 

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The Doctor: Davros is my archenemy. Why would I want to talk with him?
Missy: Now wait, hang on a minute. Davros is your archenemy now? I’ll Scratch is eye out

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Colony Sarff: Are you so dangerous, little man?
The Doctor: You want to know how dangerous I am? Davros sent you. You know how stupid you are? You came.

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Clara: OK, look. I guessed a party, but not like this. What is this? This isn’t you.
The Doctor: I spent all day yesterday in a bow tie, the day before in a long scarf. It’s my party, and all of me is invited.

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Davros: Do you know why you came, Doctor? You have a sense of duty. Of guilt, perhaps. And certainly of shame.
The Doctor: You flatter me.
Davros: Pity. I intended to accuse.

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Davros: See how they play with her. See how they toy. They want her to run. They need her to run. Do you feel their need, Doctor? Their blood is screaming kill, kill, kill! Hunter and prey, held in the ecstasy of crisis. Is this not life at its purest?

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Final Verdict:   4 stars. When I Watched it my reaction was What the hell was that?   This needed to be two 30 minute episodes

Ranking of Season:   1st of 1.

1. The Magician’s Apprentice

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: 9th. My opinion of Robots of sherwood has grown and if it was considered a single episode with the next one it might have ranked higher.

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

FYI you might be wondering why I took so long to start reviewing this season, it’s because no season required more thought to figure out.

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

Summary: Suddenly the Earth is covered by a Forest, is it an invasion, a mad environmentalist’s experiment gone wild or something else?

Plot:  A little girl knocks at the TARDIS door the Doctor discovers she is part of Danny Pink’s class who says she was sent there when the Doctor. Looking outside he finds that although landing next to Nelson’s Column he is surrounded by a forest, meanwhile Clara & Danny are on a sleep over field trip to the natural museum with a “gifted” class and they discover the forest as well. Being informed by the Doctor that Maebh is missing they make their way to the TARDIS where the Doctor determines both that this is a world wide phenomenon and that Maebh somehow perceives what is going on and what does it have to do with an impending solar storm? Can they solve the mystery of Maebh, the new forest, survive the solar storm and most important get the kids home before they set up camp in the TARDIS permanently?
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Writing:  Frank Cottrell-Boyce the famous Marxist filmwriter takes his first crack at Doctor Who and manages an interesting plot with several elements that work such Danny’s aloofness to the threat, the interplay between Clara & Danny and the kids who were underutilized. These however are overshadowed by several holes that you can drive a truck through (more on that later). While I found it worked better with repeated watching it was one of the weakest stories of the season, I think would have been better if written as a two parter expanding both the roles of the kids and perhaps some interaction with the authorities.

Acting: Capaldi’s interaction with the kids makes a good performance even better, Sam Anderson has his best episode bar none and the kids all do their job well. They really should be on screen more.

Memorable Moments: Do you have an appointment, don’t touch anything,

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Solar Flares (4th Doctor) the Bank of Karabraxos (this season)

Oddities: If the trees save the planet from the solar flairs that suggest that in the time of the Solar flairs (see 4th doctor season 1) It’s quite likely that as mankind fled earth remained habitable but they simply didn’t realize it.

Pet Peeves:   OK there are a boatload:

1. If the trees were wedging the door of the Museum shut how did Maebh get out to find the Doctor?

2. Maebh says she had a voice from Ms. Oswald to find the doctor but at the time she gets the “thought” claris unaware of the threat.

3. You are going to create “carefully controlled fires” in a planet covered with forests? People are stupid but they aren’t THAT stupid

4. I understand they need to see there are no rings on the tree but if a branch can break they can cut down the trees as needed (see 3)

5. At one point Clara is convinced the world is doomed and decides it’s better for all the kids to die rather than escape without their parents sending the Doctor to leave on his own. That not only a violation of basic morality & the maternal instinct (granted he is not yet a mother at this point) but it’s the exact opposite of Clara in Day of the Doctor worried about all hose kids that are going to burn.

6. There is absolutely no reason why Maebh’s sister would suddenly come back there is nothing in the plot to suggest that is connected with the trees.

And finally the single most unbelievable business in the whole episode.

Is anyone ANYONE going to tell me that a batch of kids, suddenly finding themselves in the TARDIS are:

#1 Not going to touch anything after the Doctor leaves
#2 Not going to start wandering through the TARDIS

particularly after the Doctor and Clara leave it?

I know Science Fiction requires a level of “willing suspension of disbelief” but a batch of school kids doing that? I’m sorry that’s beyond my capacity to do it.

Great Quote(s) 

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Maebh: MAEBH: I need the Doctor. Are you the Doctor?
The Doctor: Yes. Do you have an appointment? You need an appointment to see the Doctor.

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Clara: You are enjoying this just a little bit too much. Come on. Are you not even a little bit curious about how? Who? Why? When?
Danny: I am curious. I am bewildered. I am, in fact, enchanted. But I’m not the priority. The kids are.
Clara: You see, now, that attitude is…actually very attractive.

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The Doctor: Haven’t any of you been struck by the fact that it’s, look, it’s bigger on the inside?
Ruby: There wasn’t a forest. Then there was a forest. Nothing surprises us any more.

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Clara: Tell them, Mister Pink, what an educational opportunity
Danny: You, you go. This. This is enough for me.
Clara: What? Coronal ejections, geomagnetic storms. How often do you get a playlist like that?
Danny: I was a soldier. I put myself at risk. I didn’t try too hard to survive, but somehow, here I am. And now I can see what I nearly lost. And it’s enough. I don’t want to see more things. I want to see the things in front of me more clearly. There are wonders here, Clara Oswald. Bradley saying please, that’s a wonder. One person is more amazing, harder to understand, but more amazing than universes.

Final Verdict:   Two and a Half Stars. I really wanted to get it to three based on the performances but the more I thought about the episode the less I liked it.

Ranking of Season:   10th of 10. When the only thing longer than the Pet Peeve’s section is the episode list section you know you’re in trouble.

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

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

Summary:  A very interesting man is the new Caretaker at Coal Hill school, but what is he there to take care of?

Plot: Clara is having trouble coping with the demands of juggling Doctor life and real life while keeping her boyfriend Danny Pink out of the picture when the Doctor announces that he has a “thing” to do so won’t have time for a trip today. Clara is curious but lets it going offering to give Danny her full intention when Mr. Armatage introduces the new caretaker John Smith who calls himself the Doctor and has amazing eyebrows. Despite wearing a different coat Clara recognizes him and discovers a deadly alien menace is in play. Will the Doctor be able save them all from deadly danger without exposing Clara’s double life and the TARDIS to Danny, the Students and their parents while still keeping the school clean and tidy?

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Writing:   Gareth Roberts & Steven Moffat both have a credit on this one and if this any indication they should simply fire everyone else and lock them in a room together until the entire season is written. This is simply one of the most enjoyable episodes since Let’s Kill Hitler. The comedy is great, the danger and the resolutions are well done, the mini prequel is enjoyable and you never are quite sure where things are going. This is one of those episodes that you show to people to introduce them to the series. It also proves once and for all that Moffat can write a spectacular episode of Doctor Who without resorting to a paradox, at least with Gareth Roberts’s help

Acting:   Capaldi absolutely rules in this episode, Coleman does a wonderful job and given the chance to shine Samuel Anderson grabs it by the horns and runs with it. He makes his presence known in every scene he’s in. The only weak link is Ellis George who’s merely above average but given this is her first television role, that’s not too shabby.

Memorable Moments: It’s all memorable, from the prequel, to dumb humans, to the bow tie, the sign, Jane Austen, PE, the play, the parent teachers meeting, I’ve got a brush, Spillage, oh hell just go and watch the whole thing.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:   That Coal Hill school artron energy likely comes from the 1st & 7th Doctors.

Oddities:  The doctor jokes about having being able to come back and worries about the two minutes but he’s actually right, if he uses the fast return switch he can come back, have all the time he needs to build his machines and get it done. (perhaps that’s what he’s been doing all these years.)

Pet Peeves:  The confrontation between the kids and the cop seemed horribly contrived or it is a cultural thing.

Great Quote(s) You could pretty much put the whole episode in here so we’ll narrow it down to five:

Clara: We’re going to starve to death out here.
The Doctor:Of course we won’t starve. The sand piranhas will get us long before that.

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The Doctor:Yes, no body’s taking any notice at all. Absolutely good news because it means I must be coming across just as an absolutely boring human being like you.

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The Doctor: (from outside the window of a classroom on ladder) Wrong.
Clara: I’m sorry?
The Doctor: On the board. Wrong. Wrong.
Clara: Oh, no, no, no, no. You don’t do this. You are the caretaker, this is not what you do.
The Doctor:Just taking care.
Clara:
Not your area!
The Doctor: Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice in 1796.
Clara: (to the class) This is Mister Smith, the temporary caretaker, and he’s a bit confused.
The Doctor:Not in 1797, because she didn’t have the time. She was so busy doing all
Clara: (agitated) Oh, What? I suppose she was your bezzie mate, was she? And you went on holidays together and then you got kidnapped by Boggons from space and then you all formed a band and met Buddy Holly!
The Doctor: No, I read the book. There’s a bio at the back.

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The Doctor:Can’t you read?
Courtney:Course I can read. Read what?
The Doctor:  The door. It says: “Keep Out.”
Courtney:  No, it says: “Go Away Humans.”
The Doctor: Oh, so it does. Never lose your temper in the middle of a door sign.
Courtney: What was you doing in there? What’s that box?
The Doctor:  The caretaker’s box. Every caretaker has their own box.
Courtney:  It says Police.
The Doctor:  Exactly, there’s a policeman in there, in case of emergencies and children. Towels, there, g-g-go.
Courtney:  What was that green glow? There was a green glow coming from in there. What was it?
The Doctor:  Of course there was. What’s a policeman without a death ray? Oh, listen, there’s the bell. Off you go. Haven’t you got shoplifting to go to?

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Danny:It’s all right, it doesn’t matter. I don’t need him to like me. It doesn’t matter if he likes me or hates me, I just need to do exactly one thing for you. Doctor, am I right?
The Doctor:Yes.
Clara:What? What one thing?
Danny:I need to be good enough for you. That’s why he’s angry. Just in case I’m not.
Clara:He, er, he did just save the whole world.
The Doctor:Yeah, yeah. Good start.

Final Verdict: Five stars. Not counting the 50th anniversary special might be the single best Clara story slightly edging out The Bells of St. John back to back a few times to be sure.

Ranking of Season: 1st of Six. There is not a smidgen of weakness in this episode

1. The Caretaker
2. Into the Dalek
3. Listen
4. Robot of Sherwood
5. Time Heist
6. Deep Breath

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

Summary:  The Bank of Karabraxos has never been robbed,  then again the Doctor has never tried to rob it.

Plot: The Doctor pops in to visit Clara about to head on a date when the phone on the TARDIS.  He answers and literally the next then he and Clara know they are in a room at the Bank of Karabraxos with person augmented by computer memory & a mutant with memory worms in their hands.  After hearing a recording of them confirming they have agreed to have their memories wiped of their own free will they are told by a mysterious person in a hood called the Architect that they are there to rob the bank and if they are caught they will be incinerated.  Who has given them this mission?  How did he, she or they get the Doctor’s number?   What could have caused them to willingly wipe their memories to do it and what is it in the Bank of Karabraxos that is worth their lives?

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Writing:  Straight up adventures are always fun and this one is no exception.  The Characters are all interesting, the plot and the puzzle keeps us guessing and it’s not until the very end that we figure it out.  On the other hand I’d like to lock Steven Moffat in a room until he produces a full season of the Doctor without a single temporal paradox.

Acting:   It’s rapidly reaching the point were complementing Capaldi on his acting is redundant, but there is not a poor performance in the episode from the two new companions, to the guards to the rather fetching Keeley Hawes in the role of the cold and ruthless Ms Delphox.

Memorable Moments: Given how entertaining the episode is there are not all that many memorable moments except for Psi’s big moment half way through and shuttitty up up up, what you need is me.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:   Memory worms a al Matt Smith The Snowmen also a bit of Hide in terms of Birds and Bees.

Oddities:  Since Are you telling me the richest bank with the richest depositors in the universe don’t have equipment or scientists to monitor a sun to be ready for solar storms?  I think not.  By its very nature that should be covered. Why was the Gunfighter from Season 7 on the list of criminals?

Pet Peeves:  Consider that If you think about this episode for any length of time you realize that this should be a 60 second episode two TARDIS trips and done but then again if that was the case it wouldn’t happen because it doesn’t involve the bloody temporal paradox.

Great Quote(s):

The Doctor: Question One Robbing banks is easy if you’ve got a TARDIS So why am I not using it?

Clara: Question Two: Where is the TARDIS?

The Doctor: OK That probably should be question #1

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Psi: Basically I still don’t understand why you’re in charge

The Doctor: Basically it’s the eyebrows

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The Doctor: Big Scarf, Bow time, bit embarrassing, What do you think of the new look? I was hoping for minimalism but I think I came out with magician.

 

Final Verdict: Four stars. A fun episode likely worth several re-viewings.

Ranking of Season: 4th of five. Really should be a tie for 3rd but I marked it down for the temporal paradox. I think it deserves better.

1. Into the Dalek
2. Listen
3. Robot of Sherwood
4. Time Heist
5. Deep Breath

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

Summary: Will the Doctor’s Dream investigation destroy Clara’s Dream Date?

Plot: The Doctor has been thinking about evolution and dreams and decided to get help from Clara just as she is coming back from a disastrous date with Danny Pink, the Doctor Drafts her for his experiment but at a critical moment while tied into the Tardis’ telepathic circuits thinks bout something else that sends the TARDIS on a trip to the past that makes her life most uncomfortable. Will the Doctor be able to save her date, figure out the secret, save a stray time traveler and discover if there is in fact someone watching them…

…or is this all (And I mean all) Clara’s fault?

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Writing: OK let’s say right up from that this was a clever story, with plenty of drama and misdirection and when all is said and done we still aren’t positive if the resolution is actually the resolution. Taken as a stand alone story this would be almost a masterpiece of scripting as you never EVER know where it is going. That being said if there was actually such a thing as time lords and the Celestial intervention agency et/al this episode would be used as an example as to why time lords are not allowed to intervene in events and mess up timelines. Furthermore the interaction of Clara with this older Doctor with no trace of possible romance has not only improved the character interaction of an older doctor but I think has improved the acting (more on that later) For God sake how many predestination paradoxes can one man write? Does he have any other string in his bow? And while you’re at it let’s point out that if you are a person who knows anything about the early series and time lord history your alarm bells are ringing off the bloody hook!

Acting: Another first rate performance by Capaldi possibly his best to date in the role, Jenna Coleman also does an excellent job. I’d say it’s clearly her best episode in this season and one of her best right along, the only distraction was her outfit which was so flattering particularly for her legs that I suspect male viewers between the ages of 16-25 missed just how good a performance she gave. Not playing the flirty girl of the Doctor has really raised her level. Sam Anderson did a good job in dual role and the child actors where more than acceptable

Memorable Moments: makeup, lotus position, digging wells

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Fear keeps you strong (11th Doctor Time of Angels) This episode didn’t so much have flashbacks (although there was one to Day of the Doctor) as they did rewrites and/or ignore key episodes (more on that later)

Oddities: Since when are the telepathic circuits of the tardis made of flesh? this episode would explain why the Doctor is so obsessed with Earth. 100 years in the future is too soon for human time travel.

Pet Peeves: OK lots of them here and they involve spoilers: 1. The past of Gallifrey is time locked. There is no way the Tardis even with shields down can get there. 2. IF a TARDIS approached space traffic control (See the Invasion of Time) the time Lords would have detected it.

Great Quote: None.

Final Verdict: Four 1/2 stars. If it wasn’t for the frustration of yet ANOTHER temporal paradox business it might have made five.

Ranking of Season: 2nd of four this proves you can’t judge an episode by it’s preview,

1. Into the Dalek
2. Listen
3. Robot of Sherwood
4. Deep Breath

The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who (a few days late due to Comcast)

Summary:  Robin Hood and his men can’t be real, can he?

Plot:   Clara is given the chance by the The Doctor to go anywhere and anywhen, she says she wants to meet Robin Hood.  The Doctor insists he is not real but heads for Sherwood circa 1190 AD anyway where he almost immediately finds Robin Hood and after the great river fight with swords & spoons vs instead of quarterstaffs his Merry Men.  The Doctor is absolutely convinced that this is not real but will the contest for the Golden Arrow reveal not only the greatest Archer in England but the truth of Robin Hood but the Sheriff’s evil plans?

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Writing:  I’m a huge fan of the old 50′ Adventures of Robin Hood series so I was really curious as to how this episode would come off.  This has to be one of the most lighthearted episodes I’ve seen in years.  It’s  almost a “Doctor lite” issue.  Of course as Robin Hood is featured so strongly so perhaps it’s a “Robin Lite” episode of Robin Hood with the Doctor as the guest.  The interplay between Robin and the Doctor is amusing without being ridiculous.   It’s not often that we see the Doctor simply blind to a possibility and that is the driver for this story and for the big resolution at the end.  The tweaking of various Robinhood series and TV shows was cute.  I get the real feeling he enjoyed writing this episode more than the rest of us enjoyed watching it, but that’s OK as long as we did enjoy watching it and you should.

 

Acting:  This is the first episode where Capaldi doesn’t drive it with his acting.  He is good in an odd situation as the obsessively wrong and incredibly annoying Doctor.  Clara drives the episode more and doesn’t do a bad job as both Robinhood  fangirl and “commander” but in terms of performances the show belongs to Tom Riley’s whose performance carries the show and Ben Miller’s Sheriff who does his villainy well.

Memorable Moments:  The Great Spoon fight, Six months, Long Haired Ninny vs Killer Robot ,   The true ringleader,  nervous breakdown.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  The Crusades  Doctor meets Richard the Lionheart (1st Doctor) , Carnival of Monsters the  Miniscope (3rd Doctor)  The Doctor as a Swordsman (Too many episodes & doctors to count), Face of Evil (The Doctor as an expert archer (4th Doctor) The Eleventh Hour,  The Doctor now likes apples (11th Doctor)

I really liked that… the Doctor said 1190 AD none of that CE BS.

Oddities: Those robots seem rather fragile to me and wouldn’t    Then again we saw a Cyberman brought down by a Roman sword a few seasons ago.  They’re pretty stupid too.  Maybe their energy weapons were not all that effective vs the plates, but I’ll wager their swords damn would have been.

Pet Peeves:  Robin’s disguise at the Archery Contest is so bad it wouldn’t have fooled blind Blinkin from Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights.

I would really like to see a pure historical for a change, hasn’t been one since Black Orchid (5th Doctor)

Great Quote(s):

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Clara:How can you be so sure he’s not the real thing? 

The Doctor:Because he can’t be. 

Clara: When did you stop believing in everything? 

The Doctor:  When did you start believing in impossible heroes? 

Clara:  Don’t you know? 

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Clara: It is not a competition on who can die slower. 

The Doctor:  It definitely would have been me, wouldn’t it? 

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The Doctor:   Robin’s one of yours !

Sheriff of Nottingham:   What did you say?

The Doctor:   He’s one of your tin headed puppets just like these brutes here. 

Sheriff of Nottingham:   Robin Hood is not one of mine.

The Doctor:  Of course he is.  He’s a robot created by your mechanical mates.

Sheriff of Nottingham:Why would they do that?

The Doctor:  To pacify the locals, to give them false hope.  He’s the opiate of your masses. 

Sheriff of Nottingham:   Why would we create an enemy to fight us?  What sense would that make?  That would be a terrible idea.

The Doctor:  Yes , yes it would ,  would it.  Wait a minute that would be a rubbish idea, why would you do that…. 

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Final Verdict: Four  stars.  A fun but contrived episode.  Why do I have a feeling I’m watching a 6th Doctor Episode?

Ranking of Season: 2nd of three.  Makes into the Dalek better & Deep breath worse.

1.  Into the Dalek
2.  Robot of Sherwood
3. Deep Breath