Tag Archives: Danny Pink

Doctor Who Series Eight REVIEW!

So series eight of Doctor Who finished last Saturday and it was a great achievement on many levels. Not only did we get through our first series since the 50th Anniversary, we also have had our first series with Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in the lead role. Doctor Who is a show about change; we got a few new writers into the mix and a new focus as our young energetic Doctor became a more mature and darker figure. So, how did Series Eight go? Well, it is time to review the series as I give my look at the series from the least to the most popular. (Be warned, this review of the series will be after I have re-watched the series and then reflected for some time over the series).

  1. In The Forest Of The Night by Frank Cottrell Boyce

in the forest pic

So, this episode really just could not work. Frank Cottrell Boyce, the man behind many top novels and the writer of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, was given the chance to create a Doctor Who episode. What started as a great premise with a forest that covered the whole world, is left flat by lacking any menace and giving very little point to having the episode. The character development of Clara and Danny is fun and the sets look brilliant, but unfortunately that isn’t enough to make this episode good. A misfire and a lesson for Doctor Who series nine.

  1. Time Heist by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat

DW time heist

An episode which had brilliant supporting characters, but unfortunately the story is not anywhere near as strong. A heist is to be pulled by The Doctor and his gang at the Bank of Karabraxos, the story is a bit of a mishap at times and they just seem to be wandering around till the end. ‘The Teller’, the alien who can detect guilt is one of the best in Series Eight but the writing is a bit off in places and the sets do seem to almost repeat a bit too much in corridor and other scenes. Smart characters, just wish it went through the whole episode. Stephen Thompson needs to get a good balance like he did in ‘Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS’.

  1. Kill The Moon by Peter Harness

KillTheMoon

Originally I had a higher appreciation of this episode; once I saw it again I did see quite a few flaws. First was that the supporting cast are whittled down within minutes and we have the moon which is now a giant egg, which really doesn’t make much sense when you think about it. Hermione Norris does a top job though as guest star in the episode and Ellis George continuing her part as Courtney Woods is fun and brings a younger perspective to Doctor Who with this teenage companion. A mission to save the moon from destruction becomes a story about saving a life and also brings one of the biggest twists to the relationship of The Doctor and Clara.

  1. Deep Breath by Steven Moffat

doctor_who_deep_breath

Imagine Doctor Who came back with a dinosaur, a host of familiar faces and a return of a familiar monster (clockwork droid). Well, it looked promising in promotion and the post-regeneration Peter Capaldi instantly shines as an erratic and frightened man who is discovering his new self and gain his bearings in his new body. The extended run time of 76 minutes is a great way to show the new Doctor to the fullest, though the episode may have been a bit overstretched. A great starter for the series and a building block of what was to come.

  1. The Caretaker by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat

DW THE CARETAKER

Coal Hill School becomes the setting for this episode. The Doctor goes undercover to help save the planet from the fearsome robot Skovox Blitzer as it terrorises innocent people. Well, forget Skovox as he isn’t really that important. What we do get is a great bit of human interaction from Miss Oswald and Mr Pink as Danny finally learns about The Doctor, the couple continue to get close and we get introduced to Courtney Woods as she finds herself intrigued by the new caretaker. A good episode and a great lot of story fleshed out with the human cast. Don’t worry too much about Skovox as he only has a few moments where he really comes to scare.

  1. Mummy On The Orient Express by Jamie Mathieson

The-Foretold

Probably the best new writer of Series Eight, Jamie Mathieson brings a mummy onto a space train and it works well. The resolution may seem a bit rushed, but the story is nicely explored and to see Frank Skinner act so well is a real pleasure. The idea of “one last trip” with Clara inspires The Doctor for them to go to The Orient Express in space. The Doctor is shown to be really interested over an enemy that only appears to those who will die, and it works. Also the cameo from Foxes as she performs ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen is a delight. The writing will hook you straight away.

  1. Robot Of Sherwood by Mark Gatiss

Robot of sherwood pic

Mark Gatiss normally does do a good job of making something seem rather believable, even if it is total nonsense. That was achieved when he looked to make the legendary outlaw Robin Hood a real person who was made into legend over time. The story isn’t exactly gripping, but it is surely a lot of fun. The fight between Robin and The Doctor early in the episode is laugh-filled throughout and the showing off with the archery is rather cool. But, the idea that something fictional could have been real shows that Doctor Who can blur the lines between fairy tale and real life.

  1. Death In Heaven by Steven Moffat

Death in heaven pic

The Master (or Mistress), Cybermen, Dan The Soldier Man stuck in the Nethersphere and Clara stuck in a room with a very unwanted guest. This finale started with a lot happening to the TARDIS gang and the world. The Doctor’s old gang U.N.I.T. come to the rescue of the Time Lord and help him with saving the world from a Cyberman invasion of the dead. The writing is on good form and Samuel Anderson earns my respect as the brilliant Danny Pink as he saves the day as the Cyberman who saves the world because of love (well, he died to save the world. His love for Clara was just too good and definitely one of the best relationships in Doctor Who history). Though the ending may seem a bit rushed and The Mistress shunted rather abruptly, you can’t deny old and new Who fans enjoyed the contents of this jam-packed episode.

  1. Into The Dalek by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat

Capaldi and Dalek

The Daleks are given a new life in this episode. Phil Ford brings the menacing creatures into series eight with the help of showrunner Steven Moffat as The Doctor and Clara go into a Dalek and learn what makes them so evil. When The Doctor discovers ‘Rusty’, said to be a “Good Dalek”, he becomes intrigued and wants to know why it goes against its nature of hatred and killing. Being shrunk to miniature size, the gang go in the Dalek to learn why Rusty is not a killing machine like his fellow Daleks and what this could mean for the life long war between The Doctor and the crazed creatures from Skaro. A very promising premise and delivers in making The Daleks interesting and breathes new life into the classic monsters.

  1. Dark Water by Steven Moffat

Dark Water

Okay, the surprise was not a big surprise. We all knew Cybermen we’re coming back, but was we ready for how good this episode was going to be? Nope. The Doctor is let down by his best friend Clara as she tries to alter time to get back her recently-deceased love Danny. The Doctor, instead of abandoning Clara as she tried to betray him, he decides to help her get Danny and “go to hell” to find Danny and bring him back. Steven Moffat sets up the first two-parter since Series six to bring a very intense and rather gripping 45 minutes of Sci-Fi and Drama as The Doctor finds that he is about to come face to face with both Cybermen and his former friend Missy (who turns out to be The Master, now becoming a Time Lady). Probably one of the best cliffhanger’s in memory, Steven Moffat gives you many reasons to see what happens in the finale, including the exclusion of a ‘Next Time’ trailer…damn you Moffat, you can tease us!

  1. Flatline by Jamie Mathieson

doctorwhoflatline

I did mention earlier that Jamie Mathieson was probably the best new writer of the series, and this is the episode that really puts good to that claim. A story in which a force is making items become flat and killing people during the process, the ‘Boneless’ terrorize The Doctor and Clara and keep them both separate for a majority of the episode. The force makes the TARDIS shrink with The Doctor trapped inside and results in some hilarious moments with The Doctor literally being carried around in Clara’s handbag. Also this is one of the episodes where we see Clara act like The Doctor, armed with his sonic screwdriver and psychic paper, Clara begins to change her personality and acts in a way she believes will impress The Doctor. Ultimately, even though the day is saved, the actions from Miss Oswald do scare The Doctor but intrigues a certain Missy.

  1. Listen by Steven Moffat

Doctor Who Listen

So, what makes this the best episode of series eight? Because it is probably the one which many people could relate to. Many have had that fear of something living under the bed, but is there something really under there? Steven Moffat continues his best work by playing on everyday fears to create a unique and gripping story. This episode really defines Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and gives us our first chance to get to see new cast member Samuel Anderson in a full appearance and uses him greatly as both his teacher character Danny Pink and as time traveller and Danny’s descendent Orson Pink. We also get to find out a bit about The Doctor’s obsession with what is under the bed and is determined to find out what the hidden force really is, is it actually a force? Is it real? Also the writing is great, a few well-timed laughs fill the running time and the way the mystery plays out will make you ponder what is really happening and that you don’t know what is to come next. From an orphanage in the 1990’s to literally the end of the world, this story goes really far and the idea that trying to find something you can’t see and possibly doesn’t even exist is just as terrifying as any scary alien, maybe even more so.

So, do you feel the same? What was your favourite of series eight?

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Let’s see the first clip of the 2014 Christmas Special which will guest star the awesome Nick Frost!

Doctor Who – Death In Heaven. “This is a promise, the promise of a soldier!”

So last week we saw Danny die, Clara trapped in a room with a Cyberman and The Doctor seeing his arch-rival The Master has regenerated into the Time-Lady The Mistress. The Cybermen begin their invasion of earth and the dead begin to rise as Clara attempts to survive in 3W with her Cybermen captors as she states she is The Doctor and that Clara Oswald is not real. Eventually Clara is saved by a Cyberman which is actually a certain Mr Danny Pink who has been sent from The Nethersphere back to his body, with a full upgrade. Meanwhile, the Cybermen are seen to be going up to the air and exploding into “Cyber-Pollen” which rains down over the graveyards of the world. The Doctor and The Mistress are both taken to an aircraft by Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and Doctor-obsessed Osgood with The Mistress as a prisoner and The Doctor is made President of Earth during this time of crisis. During the time on the aircraft, “cyber-pollen” is spreading and creating Cybermen, but they seem to be child-like and not fully functional. In one graveyard, Clara finds herself in the middle of a group of recently risen Cybermen who have been created by the storms made by the pollen. Clara finds one Cyberman who is functioning properly, finding out that it holds Danny who has still got his emotions after refusing to delete his memories. Danny is alive, kinda. Clara is happy to see him, though she is upset that he wants to delete his emotions so he can not feel his pain anymore. So what happens on that plane?

The Doctor finds that The Mistress has escaped her imprisonment and killed Osgood (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!). The ship is attacked by flying Cybermen (I know, it is actually pretty cool) and a massive hole is made in the plane. Kate falls out of the plane and so does The Doctor. The Doctor manages to get to his TARDIS and find Clara and Danny. They learn the ultimate plan is to change all living people as well as the dead into Cybermen. The Mistress claims that the Cybermen were a gift to The Doctor for his birthday, she gives him the control over them and this only upsets The Doctor as he states nobody should have that power. Though he decides to transfer that power to Dan the Soldier Man as he takes the Cybermen to the skies and destroys them all. The Mistress is then seemingly blasted away by a lone Cyberman, is it Danny? Nope. This Cyberman is an old friend of The Doctor known better as The Brig; he saves his daughter Kate and flies off after receiving a salute his long-time friend and former UNIT co-worker. Before parting, The Mistress states co-ordinates to where Gallifrey is hiding. But is she telling the truth? Also, what happens when Danny is given one last chance of life? Well, let’s just say that tears and anger flow at the end. But, a certain jolly character comes to help save The Doctor, will he be able to bring the Time Lord some much needed joy and cheer this Christmas?

Well, this episode had a lot to get through. The death of Danny Pink may have started last week, but the impact of a post-deceased Danny makes probably the strongest performance of the episode. Samuel Anderson makes Danny one of the biggest highlights of series 8 and to see his soldier side come to be the hero for the day is just fantastic. Michelle Gomez is a creepy and psychotic female Master and hopefully will come back soon as the Time Lady. Jenna Coleman really does well as Clara, the side of her which has The Doctor influence really comes out in full force and at times is rather scary when we think of how her character was just a few weeks ago completely against The Doctor’s methods. It was nice to see the return of Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver as Kate and Osgood, though I am sad to see Osgood is gone, or has she? (Well I think it is conclusive she is gone). But I can’t forget Peter Capaldi, he shows some great emotion in this series finale and the anger over The Mistress lying about Gallifrey is probably the biggest emotional blow that Peter Capaldi’s Doctor has suffered so far. Steven Moffat pulls a great finale out of his hat, it is probably the best finale since 2010 and shows how Doctor Who can still grow and captivate. Though the double threat of The Mistress and Cybermen may not have caused too much menace, the way they are displayed and brought to the screen is just wonderful. A lot had to be resolved, the scene where Danny gives up his chance at life again to bring back to life a child he accidently killed is touching though I feel this could have had been explored earlier in the series for more emotional impact. The storylines may have been a bit iffy at times, but we get plenty of answers and hopefully a happy ending on the horizon. One last highlight, the opening titles which gave Jenna Coleman top billing and featured her eyes was rather fun and a good way to mess with viewers as Clara pretended to be The Doctor. We have only a matter of weeks till Christmas, and Nick Frost is about to become Santa Claus!

Final Rating: 8/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Death in heaven pic

Doctor Who – Dark Water. “Oh, you know who I am.  I’m Missy.”

Ok, this review is going to have probably the highest spoiler level I have ever written so far. You have five seconds to stop reading if you haven’t watched ‘Dark Water’ yet. So this first part gave us more of Chris Addison acting like an usher to those who had died, proclaiming about how they had Steve Jobs design the iPads that they use in the Nethersphere. Any, I have more on the Nethersphere later. Clara calls Danny to tell him the whole truth about everything, but Danny dies before they get to talk. Clara then tries to contact The Doctor, she hatches a plan to force The Doctor to save Danny, but things don’t go as planned. Clara has become an almost different person, threatening to destroy all the TARDIS keys to stop The Doctor gaining access again unless he helps her and betraying her friend to do this. The Doctor forgives Clara, even though Clara realises she pushed too far. The Doctor gets Clara to use the TARDIS to sync herself to Danny again and find themselves in the Nethersphere. The Doctor claims all cultures believe in an afterlife, so they go to explore what is really happening once the living depart. The Nethersphere holds the essence of many people, including Danny Pink as he is being greeted by Seb. Seb reminds you of an insurance salesman who just wants to do his job but thinks he is a part-time comedian. Danny is told that The Nethersphere is basically the next step after you die. Meanwhile, The Doctor and Clara arrive at their destination to find Mr Pink.

A Mausoleum is where the TARDIS lands. Inside they find many tanks which are filled with skeletons covered in a water-like substance. While looking around, they find Missy. Missy has been appearing throughout the series, and is shown here to be an android who gives information to The Doctor and Clara, or is she actually something different? Well, Doctor Chang takes The Doctor and Clara to show them about their life preservation work and the Dark Water, a liquid which allows only organic material to be seen through it. So no clothes, jewellery or metal (yes, you see where this is going). Missy then begins to unleash the skeletons from their tanks or “tombs”. Danny finds himself being confronted with a deceased child who died during his time as a solider. The truth about the dead bodies and how they are still intact with their minds after they have been placed into the Nethersphere is revealed and that they are being kept for something. Missy then begins to flush out the tanks; the water slowly reveals that the deceased are all actually Cybermen. The Nethersphere is shown to be in the middle of the mausoleum, a device which is of Time Lord Technology (the device is used to look after the minds until the bodies are ready to be used once converted). Missy reveals she is a Time Lord (or Time Lady) and calls herself “The one you abandoned, the one you left for dead”. As The Doctor runs outside (into Contemporary London) he tries to warn the crowd of the Cybermen emerging. Danny Pink manages to talk to Clara through a device which can contact the dead, but she is not convinced Danny is the person on the line. Meanwhile, Clara is stuck in a room with a Cyberman and Danny contemplates erasing his whole life to free himself from the pain he is suffering in the Nethersphere. The Cybermen begin to unveil themselves all over London and the world. Finally, Missy reveals her big secret to The Doctor. The line that says it all from Missy is “Please, try to keep up. Short for Mistress. Well, I couldn’t keep calling myself The Master, now could I?” and the dreaded TO BE CONTINUED is finally back to taunt us for 7 days of guesses, ideas, theories and crazy fan fiction.

BRILLIANT EPISODE!! Clara finally becomes Clara again after realising she went too far when threatening The Doctor. Jenna Coleman plays the episode well. Samuel Anderson gives probably the best emotional performance as the deceased Danny Pink, his scenes warrant enough for award for best actor in this episode. Points also to Peter Capaldi, especially after that kiss with Missy and The Doctor. He knows that what is happening is familiar, and it really affects him that he couldn’t see that the Cybermen were in full force. Chris Addison should get a mention too as he was slimy, weird and all round fun. Perfect Doctor Thirteen material is Mr Addison. Also there should be a mention of Steven Moffat for once again using his lies to bring back The Master, the most iconic Time Lord that has ever rivalled The Doctor. Finally, how can I forget Michelle Gomez? This woman probably has been given the biggest task this year to bring back one of the most popular characters in the history of Doctor Who. Michelle Gomez is wonderfully cast and brings a great menace as the gender-swapped renegade Time Lord. The story is well written and the story is strong. The story opens for old and new alike and brings together elements ranging from many episodes (The Doctor Wife bringing the idea that Time Lords can change gender). So, next week is the finale and no trailer is out for this…NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Bring us Saturday night!!!!!!!!!!!

Final Rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Lets just share that reveal one more time…

Dark Water

Doctor Who – In The Forest Of The Night. “Now that was surprising…I love surprises”

Trees…why trees? This was just about able to keep my attention throughout the 45 minutes of this episode. The start was intriguing enough; a lost little girl called Maebh finds the TARDIS and seems to know about The Doctor even though she has never met him before. He tries to leave this forest he is in to go to London, but they are already in London. That is the exciting bit over and done. After this we get another recycled idea (the solar flare blah blah) and we get an episode that has no real menace or threat. A throwaway episode which really gave nothing to grip you. If not for the girl who could hear voices and the appearance of Missy at the end, I think this episode would be pointless. The Doctor is intrigued by the forest; he does nothing though to save the day as there is nothing to do. Maebh is part of a school trip that stays the night in a museum for Coal Hill School, led by Mr Pink and Miss Oswald. This brings the companion and love interest into the episode, but apart from finding Maebh they have nothing else to do except take selfies and run in and out of the TARDIS. I feel that this could have been a Doctor-lite episode and may have worked better with the threat of a changing world and The Doctor appears at the end to say “it’s ok”. What we get is a brief chase with wolves who then runaway, some great greenery shots blending London into them and no real story apart from a girl who seems to be able to communicate with the forest but can’t get a clear answer out of them.

The episode ends with a world that comes back to normal after less than 24 hours of it being a forest. No harm, no threat and a very unsatisfying conclusion. Danny and Clara start to talk about The Doctor again as Danny realises that Clara has still been travelling with him. He seems to remain calm throughout the episode and shows a great side where he keeps the kids as his Number One Priority where Clara almost seems to pick up her “Doctorisms” again (yes, I just made that into a word) and seems more concerned about solving the mystery than helping the kids, though she does snap back to human mode during the episode. Near the end when Missy appears and is still monitoring The Doctor and Clara gives us a chill. This makes you wonder what will happen when she appears fully in the Two-part finale starting with next week’s episode ‘Dark Water’. Also, yes there was a light mention to Maebh saying she had lost her sister, but to have her just appear at the end was a bit weird and almost made no sense.

Not too often is there a Doctor Who episode which just confuses me so much as there was no real need to have it made. Frank Cottrell Boyce may have written the spectacular opening to the London 2012 Olympic Games, but sadly he can’t write a much convincing episode of Doctor Who. ‘In The Forest Of The Night’ suffers from poor execution, a lack of menace/threat and lack of strong supporting characters. Abigail Eames is a good young actress and makes herself work well with Peter Capaldi at the beginning, but then she suffers from poor writing for herself. Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson do however seem to still work well and are considered a highlight in this episode. The forest effects looked great, it gave a fantastic atmosphere and that cameo from Michelle Gomez at the end worked well to set up the finale. The children are just not helpful in this episode and make me want to ask why Courtney from episode 6 and 7 can’t become a part-time companion. Definitely the weakest episode of Series 8, so much potential but felt wasted. Some good highlights, but good highlights can’t make a good episode entirely. But, next week we have Cybermen and Clara being a bit menacing…now this looks exciting!

Final Rating: 5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

in the forest pic

Doctor Who – Flatline. “… Goodness had nothing to do with it.”

There is a man who is stuck in a wall within the first few moments of this week’s episode. That was enough to intrigue me. The TARDIS lands (in Bristol) and the doorway out is about half its original size, it’s almost like a child’s TARDIS play set and is a bit humorous as The Doctor and Clara squeeze themselves out of there. The Doctor is fascinated by the change in size on the outside, so he intends to investigate what is happening while Clara goes for a walk. Clara goes through a “graffiti mural” which features many lost loved ones. The TARDIS has gotten even smaller and Clara has a good laugh as she can now carry the box in her handbag. The Doctor then assigns Clara (who becomes Doctor Clara, and shows a few characteristics of The Doctor) to investigate and they find a guy called Rigsy who is a graffiti artist currently serving community service. He also notices people disappearing and the idea comes up about people being stuck in the walls, rather than shrinking like what is happening to the TARDIS. A police officer is pulled into the floor by the mysterious force and it is discovered something that exists mostly on a 2D scale is emerging in the world. There is something that is making things that are 3D into 2D. The Doctor realises the mural is actually the missing people and the force is coming for them.

doctorwhoflatline

Clara and Rigsy end up with the rest of the community service and look to survive and work out what this force wants. One by one, the community service workers are absorbed by the force and it continues chasing those who remain into a train tunnel. The force then creates zombie-like creatures into the 3D perspective that hunt down Clara, Rigsy and the rest of the community support workers. Even throwing a train at it doesn’t work and is then made to look like graffiti in the tunnel. As this happens, the TARDIS has continually been having its power absorbed by the force until its get to the point where the TARDIS itself goes into lockdown and The Doctor is in danger. Can you bargain with something that you can’t communicate with? Of course you can’t. Well, eventually it comes to a point where the idea is to use the power of your enemy against them. Clara may be able to save the day, but who can save Clara from becoming something different?

I have to admit, I like this episode a lot. The idea of the 2D and 3D perspectives of our world colliding was intriguing, the force which is present in this episode is something that is so mysterious and out of the ordinary that The Doctor doesn’t even know what they/it is. Calling them “The Boneless”, they are indeed a menacing threat and one that we are more terrified about because we don’t know that much about them. Joivan Wade who plays Rigsy in this episode is probably the best supporting character in the bunch; he has a great mind and shows to be a caring person throughout the 45 minutes of this episode. I think the rest of the cast was a bit wasted and underused, but I am still happy with the outcome. Peter Capaldi plays a more mortal version of The Doctor this week as he is almost powerless to help and stuck in the miniature TARDIS for the majority of the running time. Biggest points this week go to Jenna Coleman for her big turn in Clara’s personality and story. Not only does she start to think more like The Doctor in terms of action, Clara also lies to Danny about being in danger and has lied to Danny stating she was to give up travelling but also lied to The Doctor about Danny being ok with her continued journeys on the TARDIS. The most chilling point in the episode is when The Doctor says to Clara “You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara…goodness had nothing to do with it”. I think we can start worrying for Clara’s soul now. Amongst all this, Clara is beginning to take on too much and there will be a big crash soon. Finally, Missy is still in the shadows and we have still got no clue on who she is and what she is doing. Though, I am sure with just three more episodes to go (THREE MORE? NOOOOO!!! THAT’S GONE WAY TOO QUICK!!!!!), we will soon be learning a lot more. Also big credit to writer Jamie Mathieson for his second brilliant script of the series and am hoping that Series 9 will feature him doing the same again (plus, the humor in this episode was brilliant and was completely different to his offering last week). So, London is a forest next week?

Final Rating: 9/10.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove.

Doctor Who – The Caretaker. “Now I imagine you have many questions. Fire away, I won’t answer any of them”

We reach the half-way point for Doctor Who Series Eight with ‘The Caretaker’, and this is where we are. Half of our episodes have featured robots, we had the Daleks too, a non-monster episode and then there was ‘Time Heist’! What we lack in a worthy villain in this episode, we more than make up for by learning more about the relationship of Clara and Danny (though some disagree and see this as very anti-who! It is probably working up to something rather surprising) and have fun while doing so. Also, Gareth Roberts (The man who got The Doctor to share a flat with James Corden) returns to write a story as he get The Doctor to become the caretaker for Coal Hill School. The episode starts off with Clara going between traveling with The Doctor and spending time with Danny. The worlds finally collide when The Doctor goes undercover to save the world from the metallic menace Skovox Blitzer (you won’t remember that name next week). The robot is said to be very dangerous and could destroy the entire planet, though he does vaporize one Police Officer.

Back at Coal Hill, The Doctor begins to plan a way to catch the robot, while Clara looks to keep her two worlds separate and runs to divide Danny and The Doctor at any opportunity that is given. Eventually, the truth is out and the disapproving father (The Doctor) meets the boyfriend (Danny), though The Doctor thought Clara was smitten with a Matt Smith ganger (hah! Series Six reference). The Skovox Blitzer then comes to the school and is ready to attack at one of the darkest times for our heroes, parents evening! The Doctor, settling in and having made Clara look foolish in her class by correcting her on a fact about Jane Austin, seems now to be having more care for humans, even if he still insults them with every line that he passes. Dan The Soldier Man then joins The Doctor and Clara in the end to help save the school and the world from destruction, The Doctor also keeps a promise by taking a student of Coal Hill into space to see the stars. In which he fulfils his caretaker duties on board the TARDIS after a queasy Courtney gets sick on the ship “Ah, yes. There has been a spillage”.

First thing, Skovox Blitzer did practically nothing for the episode. Apart from shooting wildly, hiding in shadows and being blasted into the future, the robot was pointless. On the plus side, the laughs are still strong and Gareth Roberts knows his humour really well. Steven Moffat’s contribution is clearly seen as the series ark for the “Promised Land” is back into full effect and we get to meet Seb (played by a rather dapper but slightly sinister Chris Addison). He seems a bit too informed of things and a very clever man with a link to Missy (Michelle Gomez). Seb is seen talking to the policeman stating that he is in “The Promised Land, the After Life…I’m partial to The Nethersphere” after the “death” of the man earlier in the episode. When the Policeman starts to wonder how he is away from the robot and alive, Chris Addison’s Seb delivers the brilliant line “I was coming to that. I’m afraid you really, rather didn’t”. This is something never really seen before on Doctor Who, what is this idea of heaven working towards? Also, Peter Capaldi once again shines as The Doctor and Jenna Coleman still provides some laughs and knows how to stand up to the Time Lord. The stand out is definitely Samuel Anderson in this episode as we see him unable to accept Clara lying to him anymore and actually makes a point of saying they have no future if she can’t be honest. This feels like a great shift is about to happen, Clara is in a new position and it’s different to see a relationship develop with a companion who has been by herself and independent for a lot of the time. Finally, top marks must go to that casting director who got Chris Addison in. I look forward to seeing more of Seb. Ok, so The Caretaker was good fun. Next week, we head for the moon!

Final Rating: 8/10

Review by Jonjo Cosgrove.

DW THE CARETAKER

Doctor Who – Listen. “Do You Know Why Dreams Are Called Dreams?” “Why?” “Because They’re Just Dreams”

The Doctor is sitting on the TARDIS, he tells you to listen. But he isn’t, he is talking to himself. This is The Doctor tackling one of the biggest fears you will face in life. What is under your bed at night? Almost a ghost story, we explore the idea that we are never truly alone, no matter where we are or how isolated we can make ourselves. Surely, is that more terrifying than an alien, robot or other being that would normally scare the pants off you? Yes. Nothing is scarier than what you can’t see. The Doctor becomes obsessed that everyone has the same nightmare. Everyone dreams they wake up in the night, they step off the bed and in that moment of peace a hand grabs them from under the bed. Why does The Doctor become obsessed with this? Because he needs something to do, he has no alien to fight and no world to save, so this kills a few hours for him. He plans to use Clara to help him answer this question, but it doesn’t go exactly to plan.

Mentions of meeting yourself, influencing someone throughout their life and future great-grandchildren come into effect. We have seen this before, but this one really doe’s a job of blending them all. The Doctor plans on taking Clara to her childhood to see if he can catch what it is under her bed. We also get to learn more about her love interest Danny Pink and we see what happens when Clara and Danny finally go for “that drink”. We see how Danny became “Dan The Soldier Man” and we are taken to places that have not been seen before. ‘Listen’ is a mature story which resonates further than anything Steven Moffat has written before, and also contains some great jokes which involve The Doctor looking for Wally in a book that isn’t ‘Where’s Wally?’, Danny’s head hitting a table again and The Doctor asking Clara why she has three mirrors in her bedroom instead of just moving her head round. Clara and Danny’s interactions in the restaurant at their date is very natural and warm and the conflicts of Danny and Clara when they have a clash is almost torturous and you hope that they will get along in the end (it’s not exactly a big spoiler, but they do work things out at the episodes end).

Well, this is a Doctor Who episode which is probably more emotional and in depth than anything this series has offered so far. Sure, many fans may have been a bit uncertain of this series, but this episode proves that you don’t need to be big to be clever. This is probably one of the best written stories I have ever watched and gives a chance to expand on our knowledge of The Doctor and his companions, including Samuel Anderson as his alter ego Danny Pink providing a good hearted and troubled character. Jenna Coleman puts in probably one of the best performances of her career as Clara and Peter Capaldi has won me over 100% as the Time Lord who can still deceive, manipulate and show he is not above stealing (even if it is just a cup of coffee). An episode filled with many noises, a few jumps and the idea that there is something or nothing at all times. We also get to see the reason why The Doctor wants to know, or maybe it is that he needs to know what is haunting so many people. Including maybe himself? Whether it’s in the bedroom of a child at a children’s home or in a time machine at the end of the world, the fear is everywhere! Indeed, the best episode by far for a long time.

This week we have been taken to some very personal places, who fancies going to a bank next week?

Final Rating: 10/10.

Written By Jonjo Cosgrove