Doctor Who – Time Heist. “Robbing a bank. Robbing a whole bank. Beat that for a date!”

Karabraxos, the bank which is said to be the most secure in the universe is about to be broken into by a 2000 year old Time Lord, the impossible girl, a human computer and a shape-shifter. Sounds fun, well it is, at times. The TARDIS phone rings and then The Doctor and Clara wind up in Karabraxos and find themselves with human-computer Psi and shape-shifter Saibra. They all seem to be there for a reason, but what is that reason? For what could have been a great chase-caper, the setting of the bank seems a bit dull and the rooms and corridors are hardly eye-catching. Thankfully, we do get a few interesting characters which helps move the story along.

Inside the bank, it is kept crime-free thanks to a creature known as “The Teller”; it can detect the guilt of a person and punish them in a manner similar to that of a Jedi-like power. The manager of the bank, Ms. Delphox, is a rather confident woman who will do anything to keep her position and her bank out of trouble. Meanwhile: The Doctor, Clara, Psi and Saibra are given a task by the mysterious figure “The Architect” to break into the main vault of the band and obtain a certain few goods inside. The gang find a selection of goods and clues which help them get to their main destination, and to meet the owner of the bank. During this task, they are given devices which are said to permanently remove them if all else fails. The Doctor comes to realise that the event has come together not by someone of that time, but by someone from the future. But who? And why?

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Apart from The Teller being a rather creepy and intriguing alien, Keeley Hawes as the slightly sinister antagonist to the gang and the positive ending, there isn’t much new in this episode. The reveal of The Architect is a bit more obvious when we reach the half-way point on ‘Time Heist’ and the dialogue is not as sharp as previous weeks. Though, I still enjoyed the journey the group goes through, even though it feels like certain details weren’t too clear and we could have had maybe another 10 minutes just to expand on what was happening. On the positive, the supporting cast were all brilliant. The Teller is one alien I would happily welcome back to Doctor Who, also the talk about Jenna Coleman’s Clara wearing heels is rather fun (I think a lot of fun jokes will come from The Doctor while exploring Clara’s flat). Also the memory worms are back, used to a more dramatic affect than when Strax kept gripping them in 2012’s ‘The Snowmen’. A good episode, not the best, and also the tease of Clara and Danny’s blossoming romance is giving me hope for a great episode next week (also, this is better than the first Stephen Thompson contribution ‘The Curse Of The Black Spot’ by some way). I hear Coal Hill School has got a new caretaker by the name of John Smith? Hmmm.

Final Rating: 6.5/10.

Written By Jonjo Cosgrove.

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