What’s this? In a week when Gotham premiered and Sleepy Hollow & Agents of SHIELD began their second seasons, you’re writing about a couple of stale Doctor Who episodes? Yes, I am. It’s partly due to me forgetting to tape Doctor Who (at least that problem’s solved) and trying to get my thought together (which, sadly, isn’t likely to be resolved soon.) However, thoughts on the above named shows will be forthcoming.
Hailed by many as the best episode of season 8 so far, it was also chastised by others complaining it’s becoming The Clara Show. I heartily agree with the former, even if I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.
Because it must be said: John Hurt! Even if it was just a scene from the 50th anniversary special, it was great seeing the War Doctor again.
“Listen” has the earmarks of a Big Episode. Both the Thing under the Bedspread and the Hidden Hiders at the end of time are unresolved mysteries that have the potential to reappear later in the season. I wouldn’t put it past Moffatt. On the other hand, they could just be one-offs that are meant to be left to our imaginations. Personally, I don’t think there were any creatures at the end of time; it was merely a way to show us the Doctor’s fears.
I do think the Bedspread Thing could show itself again. There was a flash of light as the door slammed. Then again, sometimes it’s best not to think overthink these things.
Or, maybe the episode was simply a more in-depth way of introducing Danny Pink, teasing us of his yet-to-be-seen connection with time travel. I’ve never seen Samuel Anderson before, but, man, is he good! He plays goofy and tongue-tied so well, you think that’s his demeanor. But then he can play it go straight, as he did with Orson. And Remi Gooding, the young actor who played Rupert ,was terrific. He nailed the young Danny Pink so well you could see the grown-up Danny in him.
I’m ok with Clara showing up in the Doctor’s timeline again. If nothing else, it gave Jenna Coleman a chance show her acting chops. Her (non-sexual) chemistry with Peter Capaldi is delightful. The Doctor is very playful around her (when fear isn’t in the way), with some great lines that highlight his lack of knowledge of the female gender. To wit:
- “Too late. You’ve taken your makeup off.” “No, I haven’t.”
- “You’re all eyes. Get them under control!”
Random question: Is Mark Sheppard the official voice of BBC America? All the advertising voice-overs sound like him.
Time Heist (105)
Not so random question: When did you realize the Architect was the Doctor? I suspected it when they conveniently found briefcase #2 on the chair in the “hallway.”
This was perhaps Peter Capaldi’s best episode yet, made all the more enjoyable by a couple of excellent guest characters. Even better, the guest characters didn’t die, so they could possible return. Psi, the augmented human, and Saibra, the mutant human, were intriguing in their own right, but also bonded nicely with the Doctor and Clara. Personally, I wouldn’t mind the Doctor developing a more intimate relationship with Saibra.
We also had a new “monster,” the Teller—although I’m sure that’s not the species’ name. The alien separated from its loved one isn’t a new story on Doctor Who, but it’s not one I dislike. I was delightfully surprised when the Teller opened the vault to reveal its contents. But who’s to say the Teller was the male? Or the creature from “Hide” for that matter? It’s not like you could tell the difference. Maybe it was the female who was lost and looking for her mate. Oh wait, I forgot. It’s a man’s world, so everything is from the male perspective. </climbing off soapbox now>
So the Doctor thinks the bow-tie was a mistake? I disagree! Speaking of clothing choices, have you noticed the Doctor’s wardrobe has changed? Initially, it was a white shirt, vest, and finely woven long jacket with red lining. Then it became a dark (burgundy) shirt and long jacket, sans vest. Now it’s a black shirt with a more coarsely-woven coat, like a wool overcoat. Could the Doctor be trying to do away with the magician look.?