Once a week, we have an unapologetic Doctor Who geek-out here to discuss the latest episode. I’ve just finished watching the 5th episode of the 8th season of the rebooted Doctor Who called Time Heist.

Fair warning now: this is not a summary, just an off-the-top-of-my-head response, and it does contain spoilers. Of course it does – we have to talk about this stuff! So let’s begin, Whovians…

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First response: that’s it?

I admit it. I felt a bit let down this week. I think I had really high expectations because of the premise but ended up feeling a big old shrug. I suppose that is inevitable after the feast that was Listen but let’s unpack it a bit. I think I was expecting so much MORE because of the premise and the cast, but….yawn.

I liked the two one-time companions – both were complicated and well-rounded than we usually see. And their abilities were fascinating. I was actually quite interested in them both – Psi as a hacker of the future and Saibra in her shape-shifting loneliness. I suppose it should have been a bit of a tip-off as to The Architect when she said that no one can trust someone who looks at the world through their own eyes. I was particularly fascinated by the idea of an augmented human with download capabilities – that seems like it should be it’s own episode altogether. Hello, Cyberman opportunity story, nice to see you.

Plus I was so looking forward to this episode because of Keeley Hawes – ever since I first saw “Wives and Daughters” and “Upstairs Downstairs” (the remake), I was hoping for her to show up on DW at some point. Wish granted. And she was an excellent villain, right? I thought she was a bit one-dimensional until you realise Ms. Delaphox a clone of Madame Karabraxos. THEN it all makes sense and she seems so much more sympathetic and interesting. But the way that we move from unrepentant MK to “dying in her bed with old age make up” MK just felt, well, too convenient. Whatever, man. Die with your regrets, you deserve them.

One character issue I had was with the Doctor himself. I simply could not suspend disbelief that this was anything that ANY of the Doctors would have done so quickly and without question. Anyone remember in season 6’s opener, The Impossible Astronaut, how the Doctor flat out refused to do what the “mysterious person” had asked him to do – even though that person was himself in the future? He knew that he was being manipulated and didn’t trust River Song enough to go along. It took Amy swearing on “fish fingers and custard” for him to put his life in her hands and go along for the adventure, trusting it would come clear. And yet in this episode, he just blindly goes along with The Architect? So I was positive he knew who the Architect was throughout the show and was lying beautifully until I found out that he DID have to figure it out. Then I was all “whaaaaaat?” He just robbed a bank because some faceless person wanted him to do so? I don’t think so. Just seemed totally out of character.

The other thing I noted is the absolute lack of a rousing monologue. You know me – I love a good monologue a la The Pandorica Opens or The Rings of Akhaten. So I was really gearing up for a good monologue about why the Doctor should be in charge or why he was worth trusting or even why they were doing this whole thing, but meh. Apparently the Doctor was just figuring it out with the rest of us and seemed like he didn’t have the time or inclination to bother getting anyone else on board. Which is spot-on for this incarnation of the Doctor. But don’t mind me crying in the corner over the lack of emotional monologues…..

And one other quibble – when the Teller reads the Doctor’s thoughts, nothing happens. Nothing. Zip. Zero. Zilch. There is no big revelation about either one of them. I was really hoping for at least a bit of insight into the Doctor and his relationship with guilt. After all, that has been a bit of a theme so far with character development this season. For instance, in Deep Breath his premiere episode, he says something about how he’s made a lot of mistakes in 2,000 years and it’s time to do something about that. And then we have this weird creature who can detect guilt and….nothing. Weird.

I do love Capaldi though. I do. He’s subtle, methodical, funny, weird, other-worldly, and brilliant. He reminds me so much more of Christopher Eccleston’s Doctor – the 9th Doctor – in these ways. But…. I do miss the compassionate Doctor though, the one who was easily and profoundly moved by people. That one line from Psi about how Capaldi is a doctor because he’s cultivated professional detachment just seemed so sad. That’s not my Doctor. *pout pout*

Few good laughs several times in this episode – as always his “shut up shut up shut up” thing when he’s trying to think even if no one else is talking is hilarious. (And anyone else think it was a little homage to his Malcolm Tucker famous line when he said “shuttity up”?) And then they ask – “why are you in charge?” Basically, it’s the eyebrows. Agreed. Even making fun of his previous incarnation’s bow tie was fun.

Clara was just along for the ride this time. Her warmth and empathy continues to be her hallmark even when there isn’t much for her to do. The part where Psi saves her by offering himself up to the Teller was beautiful and moving. I kept waiting for Missy to show up and prove our theory about how only the ones who sacrifice themselves for the Doctor go to “heaven” but sure enough it wasn’t death but teleport so never mind.

Let’s talk about the Teller, shall we? I found the idea fascinating but it just wasn’t doing it for me, I admit. I couldn’t figure out the strait jacket when it’s abilities/power lies in its antenna/eyes/mind either. When the show turned tables and made him the victim in need of rescue, I was glad and all, but I didn’t really feel much. He wasn’t sympathetic, hadn’t betrayed any feelings or “self” at all.  Just seemed mechanical. So great, the Teller and his mate are free but we don’t really have a sense of them as “persons” – motivations, history, foibles, loves – like we usually do with our Who monsters. Also: awkward walking away shot. Nice tail, Teller.

Also, for the record, security seemed SUPER light for such an important bank. They were popping in and out of vents with tremendous ease and the hallways were empty, they easily found where they wanted to go, even into the private vault through just an air shaft. Womp womp, Madame Karabraxos.  Even for the threat of a solar storm, it sure seemed like everyone was rather ho-hum about it. I thought it was just a good old solar storm – as in The Almost People/The Rebel Flesh – but then all of a sudden, this is apparently one that will incinerate the bank. Oh, okay then, good to know. The urgency just wasn’t there in this episode. Lots of random red lights do not a security system make, my friends.

I got such a kick out of seeing the memory worms again – the last time we saw them was in the Christmas episode, Snowmen, right? Such a great idea.

So we get to the resolution and, like I said, I felt kind of like “that was it?” This was the whole episode?

No big reveals, no big emotion, no big resolutions, no big character development, no big twist. Just – that was it.

Okay, then.

Now what do you think? Did you like the episode? Any theories or ideas or highlights? Have at it – I love your comments and can’t wait to get the conversation going. 

Read More:

Episode 1: Deep Breath 

Episode 2: Into the Dalek

Episode 3: Robots of Sherwood

Episode 4: Listen

Episode 5: Time Heist

Episode 6: The Caretaker

Episode 7: Kill the Moon

 Episode 8: Mummy on the Orient Express

Episode 9: Flatline

Episode 10: In the Forest of the Night

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  • Brenda P

    I kept thinking it felt a little like pan’s labyrinth and the teller was like a minotaur because the eyes reminded me of horns and they were sort of wandering through a maze. No idea if there’s some sort of symbolism in that.

    I am sick to death of the Doctor not understanding Clara wearing make up or going on a date. He’s thousands of years old, and he’s not stupid.

    This whole episode felt unsurprising and not very exciting. I suspected a version of the Doctor was the architect, because who else would it be? And I wondered right away if it was teleportation and not death. After all, why couldn’t it be a literal escape? The ending really did feel rather like, “That’s it?” even though I do feel a connection with past Doctors in the whole saving the last of a species thing. Is that what the Doctor wants most? Because I was actually super curious what that might reveal about him.

    I, too, was disappointed that nothing happened when the teller read the Doctor. His past mistakes/guilt has been such a heavy theme this season, and it feels like such a missed opportunity.

    I did love the eyebrows line, as well as when he said he was going for minimalist but may have come out magician.

    • Cara

      I laughed at the magician line, too. To be honest that was the first thing I thought of when I saw his new look, haha. I love that he seems to have a sort of wry attitude toward his previous fashion choices.

    • Chris

      Of course the Doctor knows what makeup is. He is overcompensating, making sure Clara knows that he is NOT her boyfriend. He’s making sure it’s perfectly clear that he finds nothing about Clara attractive. Yet he’s competitive about who can show Clara a better time, him or Danny. Love it!

  • Lisa Kroeker

    I literally JUST finished watching the episode, checked facebook and here this is!

    I agree it was just a “there” episode. Nothing real for plot development or character development. I suppose they can’t all be groundbreaking but it was a letdown in that way. Clara’s suit was superb though.

    I did enjoy getting to be a part of the process of figuring out who the Architect is and what the plan was (I don’t like to feel 10 steps behind) but wish Moffet would have fewer timey wimey elements. They were asked to help only because they had come to the bank in the first place which gave Madame Karabraxos the Tardis number in order for her to call him to begin the heist. I know time isn’t a strict progression of time and effect but sometimes can’t it be less wibbly wobbly?!

    Next week looks good though! Can’t wait for the Doctor to meet Danny!

  • Shane Deal

    Yes, I can definitely relate. It was surprisingly predictable. I did notice repeated themes of incineration and mental interrogation, both of which have been seen in some fashion earlier in the season. With these two being so paired so often, I am a little wary because of the ideas that have been presented already in regard to Donna establish the possibility. (Essentially burning from remembering.) Listen is the only episode this season that made no reference to a burning death.

    As for things wanted most, maybe I just missed it, but we never did find out what Clara wants most. The Doctor wants those who are the last of their kind to have a continued existence, that’s why he would rob a bank. His desire wasn’t so much to solve the mystery, or even bring judgement and wrath. It was the opportunity to save the last of their kind. I like how this highlights his compassion. Psi wanted to remember his memories most, and Saibra wished for freedom from her loneliness, even though it meant losing her gift. But Clara, what did Clara want? Perhaps we’ll find out later on, but given the episode, I almost think oversight is the word we’re looking for.

    I did like how even though The Doctor has a harsh, indifferent, exterior he does care. He was at a loss for words upon discovering Psi and Saibra were still alive. He has a duality to him, there is the outer Doctor, but also there is the inner Doctor, and they have slightly different personalities. The Doctor himself seems to be at a loss for his own identity. Perhaps I’m wrong, but he doesn’t seem to have a very clear memory of his previous selves. It’s like all his previous years have been tucked away in a dusty old book that he hasn’t read in far too long. He can remember bits of it, but without a clear sense as to what it is all about. He remembers himself as one remembers an outsider.

    But yes, overall, it is true, there was not a lot to the episode.

    • Brenda P

      Yes, he seems to remember his past self as an outsider! That’s a great way to put it.

      When I saw three numbers on the card and they had found Psi and Saibra’s desires, I wondered why there was only one left, not two. Obviously the Doctor and Clara would want different things, and I refuse to believe that all Clara wants is to go on her date (because that’s really all we see of her desires this episode).

      • Shane Deal

        I hadn’t noticed that there were only three numbers. Good catch!

      • Rea

        Or is that Clara wants to protect the Doctor? She went along with it not because of something that was already in the bank, but because of who was going in. Therefore, no number.

        • Shane Deal

          That’s an interesting thought. Watching last week’s episode I noticed that there is almost something resembling a mother and son relationship between them. Maybe it is just Clara’s talk to him in the stable was one of his few positive interactions with an adult as a child, someone who actually cared, that made it seem so to me.

          She does seem to be one who watches over The Doctor, seemingly offering a guiding hand all throughout his life. The way he trust Clara almost instinctively is something I’ve noticed with my relationship with my own Mother and very few others.

          • He does seem to rely on her implicitly, good point.

        • True. Given her work as The Impossible Girl, that’s plausible. She’s already laid down her life for him once.

    • That is a GREAT point – we never did find out what Clara wants most. Gah. How did I miss that??

  • Michelle Iselin

    Did you notice that Saibra told the Doctor that he was a good man? Another recurring theme this season.

  • Cara

    I too was curious about the Doctor’s motivation to rob the bank, but I think it was resolved at least plausibly. They each heard their own voices asserting that they were wiping their memories of their own free will, and the Doctor tells the team that they must have each had a good reason for agreeing to undertake the heist. So it seemed like he just trusted himself, that he had some kind of reason even if he couldn’t remember it. At the end, we find out that the the “heist” was a rescue mission to save a species, which, although not really fleshed out, certainly seems in character for him. So, I didn’t have trouble believing that he would just follow along with the Architect’s plan… however since you brought up the connection with The Impossible Astronaut, where the Doctor refuses to blindly follow orders… I’ll admit I thought of that connection last week, in Listen, when Clara tells him to leave (Gallifrey) and never look at where they had been (“do as you’re told”)… I had kind of a hard time believing that he would just do it. I loved it, because I loved that he trusted her enough to obey her at that moment, but… I mean, he must have at least looked at where they had been? Maybe when Clara wasn’t around? I sure would have.

    Speaking of character, I thought this episode raised some interesting questions about the Doctor’s apparent callousness to other people’s deaths, which seems like such a painful contrast to his previous incarnations. Clara in this episode seems taken aback by his detachment, and while she still tries to justify him to Psi, insisting that he’s not really like that, she seems disturbed by Psi’s accusation that she is just making excuses for him. This idea was not addressed again in the episode, so I assume that it will be explored somehow later. I mean, it is such a deliberate contrast to the previous NewWho Doctors, who were all pretty choked up when people died, and we loved that about them, and the writers surely know how disconcerting it is to us, the viewers, so I have to think it is all deliberate somehow.

    I’d also really like to see some bonding happen between Clara and the Doctor. I need for him to stop being such a grump for just a minute and show that he really does care about her. I’m not complaining about Capaldi’s Doctor, whom I was quick to love (I DOUBLE HEART YOU DOCTOR no matter your incarnation), but I just need to see some love under that gruff, albeit hilarious, exterior. Also, no hugging? It’s quite funny to see him awkwardly resist Clara’s hugs, but I’m not digging it, you guys. Even the 9th Doctor was all about great hugs. And if tough leather jacket Doctor can hug, so can 12. 😀

    • Great stuff, all of it. and I’m with you on the bonding – I need a bit of tenderness.

  • Kaitlyn Bradley

    I really enjoyed this one! I’m loving the return of the one-off episodes that we had in the RTD era (and hopefully the end of Moffat’s ridiculous convoluted multi-season story arcs). Not as much character development as we’ve seen in the first few episodes of this season, but they did well introducing 2 new companions with the time they had, and I’m really hoping to see them come back as a dynamic duo 🙂

    I’m definitely on board with Capaldi by now and I’m so glad to see him take charge in an episode. It was great to see Clara being the lead on the first few episodes while the Doctor was still figuring himself out, but now it’s his turn to be the mastermind and he does it brilliantly. His take on the Doctor reminds me a lot of Eccleston, and I am loving it! And the end of this episode had me waiting for a “just this once, everybody lives!” moment.

    I was disappointed that they didn’t follow up on the idea that everyone was there for whatever they valued as the most important thing in the universe. We see what Psi and Saibra wanted, and I supposed the Doctor was there to save a species. So was Clara just there for the Doctor? Does that make him her most important thing in the universe? It would have been interesting to explore that idea.

    I’m a little worried that bringing Danny into the big picture next week is going to turn into another Rose/Mickey/Doctor scenario. Hopefully we’ve exhausted that fun little triangle and can move on to more intelligent story lines this time around.

    And YES writers, we get that this Doctor has a “no flirting” policy. You can stop overcompensating now. This is getting a bit silly.

    • I think we still have the big story arc happening with Missy/heaven but yes, there are always a few one-off episodes, too. And I’m trying to be fair – in every season there are a few duds. I remember a few duds of the Tennant era, that’s for sure – and he’s my favourite.

  • Terri Trewin

    Honestly? It bored me. It was predictable, and it was boring. I expected much more with the whole Bank Heist theme, but as you said, it just wasn’t clever. There was no cleverness. What’s with the Doctor not being clever?? Oh, and seeing as the architect had clearly already been to the bank, and had left clues, why the heck didn’t he just free the Teller then? Why come back with 3 other people and risk their lives? Yeah…. boring.

    The best part, the part that did illicit a good laugh, was indeed the “Shut up shut up shuttity up” scene, follwed very closely by “de-shutup!”

    I wanted, and expected clever, and I got predictalbe and dull.

  • I feel like every other episode this season is bad, followed by a good one. Maybe they’re doing that on purpose, but I’d rather have shows like “Listen” every week. (Then again, who wouldn’t?) Also, watching on BBC America is horrible because of the amount of commercials. It really chops up the episode and it’s hard to follow because of how many times they break it up. Not a complaint about the show as much as it’s a complaint about the channel it comes on. I think in the future, I may just watch it OnDemand. I felt like this episode mirrored the episode from last season(“Hide”), where the Doctor goes to that old mansion in the 1970s where the professor and his assistant think the house is haunted by a ghost, but really it’s just a thing which is the last of its kind and its mate is trapped in a pocket universe. I was actually surprised they’d bring about this trope so soon, especially because Clara was also the companion in that episode as well.

    • Karen Morti Charles

      It made me think of Hide, also. Especially as the two monsters wandered off together at the end. That added to the sense of disappointment in this episode as their rescue seemed “been there, done that”.

      Earlier I had hopes! The monster that fed off of your thoughts, reminded me of the hotel episode with the monster that fed off of fear-driven worship. A hotel with rooms containing each person’s greatest fear – a bank with what they value most – I thought they might do something with that kind of connection. (Though this monster seemed forced, rather than driven by need to feed. )

      11th Doctor’s love for these unlovely monsters always made me care, at least a little. This Dr. may have the same zeal to protect, but I miss seeing the love!

      • I know – the whole premise was fascinating and had so much potential. So did the side characters. But then….womp womp.

    • I actually stopped watching it on Saturday nights for the same reason. I just wait until it’s up on the iPlayer and then go for it. The commercials ruin everything especially the momentum. And yes, great point about how the whole story is plainly recycled.

  • eswan1600

    Wasn’t nearly as good as I was expecting/hoping, based on previews. I also thought the part where Psi sacrificed himself for Clara was flat, mostly because Clara, also, doesn’t have many people to love and remember. She’s dating Danny Pink (who I’m convinced is the Doctor’s son), but it’s not like Donna with her dad, or Rose with her mom, or Martha with her family. I did, however, kind of like the Teller; he was terrifying in a whole new way. But I do agree with ya that the fact that the Teller dectected *nothing* with the Doctor was weird and disappointing. Overall I’d give the episode a 5 out of 10.

    • That’s an interesting theory about Danny – I never thought of that. What makes you think that? And yes, I had the same thought about Clara. We never really know her family or friends – even the Christmas episode/Matt Smith’s last episode with her Christmas dinner with her family, first and last time we saw anything to do with her life outside of the Doctor. I guess we’ve just forgotten the kids she used to nanny, eh?

      • eswan1600

        The Doctor says to Rupert Pink in the children’s home: “Once upon a time. [Rupert falls instantly asleep when the Doctor puts his finger on Rupert’s forehead.] Dad skills.” At the very least, Moffat’s reminding us that the Doctor is a dad. Danny got the gunless soldier from Clara (though, really, the gunless soldier already belonged to him … it was among his toys in his room), and then Oswald had that same soldier (“family heirloom”). Then Clara took it to the boy we presume is the young Doctor on Gallifrey. So … did the young Doctor eventually give it to his son, Rupert Pink, who then had it in the children’s home after something happened to his parents (or he was hidden away)? Or is Rupert another version of the Doctor himself? (The Doctor said he always thought he’d be the last one at the end of the universe, but that last person standing was Oswald Pink.) There’s something funny about the Doctor growing up in a children’s home, Rupert/Danny growing up in a children’s home, and River Song growing up in a children’s home. Anyway, I’m pretty convinced Danny’s the Doctor’s son.

        • That theory bridges that gap in continuity of how Rupert ended up with it! My husband asked me that question and I basically made up some timey-wimey excuse and said don’t question it, just go with it.

  • While it wasn’t the strongest episode of the season I still enjoyed it. I loved Psi, the hacker witha heart who deleted his memories of those he loved in order to protect them, and Saibra, the woman whose gift basically kept her prisoner. I had a hard time not thinking about Rogue. At least people didn’t die when Saibra touched them.

    I think the Doctor trusted that he agreed to this mission for a reason. If there hadn’t been a message from him he might not have been so agreeable. River mentioned in Impossible Astronaut that he trusted himself most of all. Only then he didn’t know that he sent the invitation.

    I love the remark about the eyebrows. His eyebrows are all anyone talked about since the 50th so I love that they mention them once and awhile.

    There were a lot of great themes that could be pulled out from the episode. What would you do the one you loved? The whole episode made me think about God’s sovereignty. He has a plan and he guides us along the way and its our choice if we follow it or not.

    I am looking forward to next week’s episode. I have been waiting to see how the Doctor and Danny will get along. Will it be another Micky? Or a Rory? Then there is the fact that he was a soldier. He wouldn’t let Journey Blue travel with him because she was a soldier so what is he going to think about Dan the ex-soldier man? They did allude in last week’s episode that
    Danny will travel in time.

    • I’m looking forward to that, too. I haven’t been thrilled with the way most of the guys have been written in the last few years. Mickey and Rory in particular. Although both of them were redeemed at the end and grew as characters, they were always just a “pet” along for the ride.

  • Emily Parrott

    I actually enjoyed this episode! About half way through I found myself pouting about the fact that this Doctor just seems so different from the others (lack of compassion, etc). I miss the episodes where the Doctor tries to find the good in a species or figures out things aren’t as they seem. And sure enough, by the end of the episode we realize that what motivated the Doctor all along… what his “prize” was… was to save the Teller and his mate. And even though his abruptness and grumpiness kind of masked it, we shouldn’t miss it. The entire episode was ultimately about saving that species. And that’s what I love about the Doctor.

  • Tawny Burgess

    Yeah, I agree this episode was a bit of a let down. I even found myself going on my iPhone whilst it was on and I haven’t had to do that during the previous episodes of season 8.

    And thank you for pointing out that the Doctor was blindly following! He would NEVER do that. He is a natural rebel leader and not a follower. I just found it odd, so I even thought he must be the architect and he must know it because he would only follow himself (and if Clara slaps him to do something :p ). So when he has this big discovery I was surprised at his lack of cleverness and discernment.

    I enjoyed the companions on this go. I think Moffat listened to the fans and critics and he has added characters of various ethnicity this season, which I appreciate. Davies was always good at that, and I am thankful Moffat finally realized his white washing of Who.

    Yes, and Keeley Hawes!!! I loved her on “Wives and Daughters” and I was so excited to see her on Who. 🙂

    • Yes, I miss that about the RTD era – so much more diversity in every way.

  • Laura

    I agree with all of your points. The episode seemed very flat, especially since I had gotten so excited seeing that Woman (Missy?) in the preview; I thought we were finally going to get to find out another clue about “Paradise.” Well maybe we did.. Did anyone catch any important info/connections from this episode?
    Also, this Doctor just still hasn’t grown on me. He just hasn’t shown any kindness or genuine caring yet. He’s just been doddling here and there and very selfishly “ho hum” completing all these tasks. And he has been acting very out of character this season, I would say.
    But the preview for the next episode is making me very hopeful. It seems like classic 2nd-era Doctor Who, taking me back to when 10, Rose, and Mickey investigated a school, all those episodes with a single crazy-weird alien/ robot chasing them and needing to be defeated, the companion visiting their own life but also helping out the Doctor. High hopes.
    One more thing, are they going to refer at all this season to the very important fact that Clara is the impossible girl who exists all over time??

  • Melanie Dale

    I LOVE one-off episodes, so I had a lot of fun watching this. For the first time, I really loved and understood why I loved this Doctor – BECAUSE – my doctor is Nine and Capaldi was SO NINE in this episode! When I first starting watching Doctor Who, Nine used to surprise me again and again with his so very intergalactic appreciation and understanding of non-humanoids. His ethics and priorities constantly challenged me. From the very beginning, in “Rose,” when he offered the Nestene a peaceful surrender while the plastic mannequins were destroying people around London, I was all, “Chop it into goo!” The ninth doctor challenged me to respect all forms of life, again and again, and I totally felt that again when Twelve revealed the second Teller and the motive of saving an entire species/race.

    I’m also a sucker for a good heist, and this one delivered, though I agree with you about the lack of security of the bank. But breath recognition, hacking, and everyone using their gifts to accomplish something together…always fun. I was also touched that the other two stuck with Clara and The Doctor after receiving what they came for. I really like their characters and do hope we see them again.

    I love how The Doctor called Clara “Boss” at the end, and his comment about the date after she left the Tardis, I forget what he said but wasn’t it something like, “I’d like to see him top this date” or something that made me think he was competing a bit for Clara’s attention and loyalty, not in a romantic way, but in a petulant friend way. It makes me excited for the next episode, when he meets Danny! Oh, just so excited about that one.

    • Nicole Chase

      Nine is CRIMINALLY underrated, and I’m also glad to see a bit of him in Twelve. 🙂

  • Lauren

    I was so excited at first, with the wonderful characters and interesting premise….and then I kept thinking “okay, when’s the climax?”

  • Steffanie

    I actually really loved this episode. I think this Doctor seems more curious than past Doctors. He’s a bit wiser and a bit madder and a bit more adventurous. Maybe this Doctor is less skeptical than the previous? Maybe he is a bit more daring? With a different face comes new character traits. I love his relationship with Clara. I find it quite hilarious. I love these posts!

  • Nicole Chase

    I agree it was a missed story opportunity, but are we sure the Teller didn’t see the Doctor’s guilt? In the lobby, he didn’t go into brain soup mode until he was instructed to, and Karabraxos was gone by the time he was scanning the Doctor. Maybe, freed of her influence, the Teller was able to read his guilt and his motivations and (like Saibra) deem the Doctor a good man. No brain soup required.

  • Guest

    Was anyone else thinking this the whole time?

  • I kept thinking how much Karabraxos looked like you, Sarah: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152299086537687&set=o.376055309112541&type=1

  • April

    Oh. No. (Just finished watching the next episode) enjoy and can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • Lily S

    I actually kind of liked this episode as a sort of…I guess the best way to describe it is “eye candy.” It was a cool premise, had one-off companions with badass powers, a lot of flashing red lights, Psi’s speech, but no character development whatsoever. It felt like a break between two “deep” episodes, and I was surprisingly okay with that.

  • I thought this episode was shockingly violent! the brains turning to soup, etc–it scared the tar out of me (and I wouldn’t want kids to see that!). I was a bit disappointed that it seemed to be a bit cavalier in regards to human life in this one.

  • DeborahJade

    I am really starting to enjoy Capaldi as the new Doctor, however I do also feel that he was acting out of character in thsi season. I get the impression that he is deliberately trying to be different from previous incarnations, as well as acting more spontaneous and less insightful.
    I also wondered about the straightjackets too, but in the last scene where the two aliens walk away, you can see they have long Wolverine-esque claws on their hands/fingers.