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: The Dust is coming to get you

Plot: An invention designed to allow a person to work with little or no sleep goes horribly wrong creating dust monsters. Can the Doctor Stop them from getting to earth or has he already failed.

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Writing:   Mark Gatiss proves that even the best pitchers will have a bad inning. A lot of people hated the “found footage” bit but that wouldn’t have been an issue if the entire story didn’t suck so bad.

Acting: They say that a bad actor can ruin a good script but a good actor can’t save a bad one. This episode is living proof that this axiom is completely true.

Memorable Moments: Make sure you remember not to under any circumstances show this to any person you want to introduce to the series.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Fear Her, because this one is even worse which takes some effort. This episode will give you flashbacks, none of them good.

Oddities:  n/a

Pet Peeves:  How can you have a pet peeve when the entire show bothers you?


Great Quote(s)

Zip Zero Nada


Final Verdict: 1 star. Easily the worst episode of the Capaldi era, Probably the worst episode of the revised series, Possibly the worst episode of the entire run.

Ranking of Season: 9th of 9.  

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

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

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

Summary: Destroy the Zygons or reveal them all, pick one.

Plot: The renegade Zygons have discovered the existence of the Osgood Box which will end the treaty at once. One way or another. Will the Zygons and Kate Stewart get to it and what will happen next delicate treaty negotiated between the Humans and Zygons is threatened by a splinter group that is sick of pretending to be human and has launched an ambitious plan to cause every Zygon in the world to be revealed and force the issue of invasion.  Can the Doctor, Clara, Kate Stewart and the remaining Osgood (remember one of them was killed by Missy/The Master) be able to stop this and reestablish a cease fire and will they live long enough to even try?

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Writing:   Peter Harness’ is Joined by Moffatt for part two and writing is interesting and keeps the tension going although I found the ending a bit of an anti-climax. I particularly liked the Doctor Osgood sequences

Acting: Ingrid Oliver was even better than last episode and really works with Capaldi. Jenna Coleman excels in her duel role as Clara & Clara Zygon. Capaldi is given some big speeches and does them

Memorable Moments: The Osgood box scene

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The 50th anniversary Button, Five rounds rapid.

Oddities:  The Doctor has absolutely no problem repeatedly wiping Kate stewart’s memory nor apparently spending the majority of his existence constantly playing out the same scene.

Pet Peeves:  Two things both about the Osgood box business. #1 Anybody who knows the Doctor knows that he’s not going to give anybody the chance to either exterminate the Zygons or Nuke London. #2 The odds that the Doctor will successfully talk a Zygon out of a revolt fifteen times is almost nil. Sooner or later of them one of the Zygons or humans involved will choose war.


Great Quote(s)

The Doctor: What is it that you actually want?
Zygon Clara: War.
The Doctor: Ah. Ah, right. And when this war is over, when you have a homeland free from humans, what do you think it’s going to be like? Do you know? Have you thought about it? Have you given it any consideration? Because you’re very close to getting what you want. What’s it going to be like? Paint me a picture. Are you going to live in houses? Do you want people to go to work? Will there be holidays? Oh! Will there be music? Do you think people will be allowed to play violins? Who’s going to make the violins? Well? Oh, you don’t actually know, do you? Because, like every other tantrumming child in history, Bonnie, you don’t actually know what you want. So, let me ask you a question about this brave new world of yours. When you’ve killed all the bad guys, and when it’s all perfect and just and fair, when you have finally got it exactly the way you want it, what are you going to do with the people like you? The troublemakers. How are you going to protect your glorious revolution from the next one?

Kate: This is all very well, but we know the boxes are empty now. We can’t forget that.
The Doctor: No, well, er, you’ve said that the last fifteen times.

Osgood: You take care of him. Don’t let him die or anything.
Clara: What if he’s really annoying?
Osgood: Then fine.
Clara: Got ya.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars. Dramatic but I think the resolution was cheap

Ranking of Season: 7th of 8.  

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Familiar
3rd. The Magician’s Apprentice
4th. The Woman who lived
5th. Before the Flood
6th. Under the Lake
7th The Zygon Inversion
8th. The Zygon Invasion

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

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

Summary:  We’re Zygon, we’re proud and we’re here to stay!

Plot: The delicate treaty negotiated between the Humans and Zygons is threatened by a splinter group that is sick of pretending to be human and has launched an ambitious plan to cause every Zygon in the world to be revealed and force the issue of invasion.  Can the Doctor, Clara, Kate Stewart and the remaining Osgood (remember one of them was killed by Missy/The Master) be able to stop this and reestablish a cease fire and will they live long enough to even try?

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Writing:   Peter Harness’ writing is interesting and manages to juggle many different aspects of the story in a lot of different directions.  His use of the dynamic of all the characters in pretty much solo situations Osgood Clara the Doctor and particularly Kate are excellent, you never quite know where it is going (except for the soldiers scene where we all knew where it was going).

Acting: Ingrid Oliver continues to impress as Osgood and Jemma Redgrave really holds up her end.  Capaldi does his usual good job as does Coleman.

Memorable Moments: There is no backup (that’s it btw)

Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Whole 50th anniversary is the opening, the whole “president of the world” thing

Oddities: Osgood refers to the Zygons as peaceful?  Since when?

Pet Peeves:  I’m sorry but the Zygons are a spacefaring race and they now have people in Unit.  There is absolutely no reason why they couldn’t find a more suitable planet to settle on if they didn’t like earth.  This is a gigantic plot hole that while less important in the 50th anniversary in the context of the invasion, is a real problem here.

Great Quote


The Doctor: Oh, I see you’ve accessorised it.
Osgood: Yes.
The Doctor: The old question marks.
Osgood:  You used to wear question marks. 
The Doctor: Oh, I know yes, I did. 
Osgood: They were nice.  Why don’t you wear them anymore.
The Doctor: Oh, I do.  I’ve got question mark underpants.
Osgood: Makes you wonder what the question is.


Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars. Not bad at all

Ranking of Season: 7th of 7.  Well that’s just because it’s been a pretty good season

1st. The Girl who Died
2nd. The Witch’s Familiar
3rd. The Magician’s Apprentice
4th. The Woman who lived
5th. Before the Flood
6th. Under the Lake
7th. The Zygon Invasion

Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: n/a

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

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

Step One: Have Wife tell you she can’t find TV Remote

Step Two: Look for Remote Find it, but pretend otherwise

Step Three: Ask wife to pass you Son’s Toy Series 7 Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver that he left behind when he moved out.

Step Four: Point the toy around the room while hitting the button that makes the scanning sound.

Step Five: Look at the screwdriver as if you’re reading the results of the scan.

Step Six: Produce missing Remote from the spot where you found it but left it saying here you are.

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 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.