Twelfth Doctor: Listen

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Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Douglas McKinnon

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, episode 3

Summary: The story begins with the Doctor lecturing about why we fear the dark. Are we ever truly alone? What lurks in the shadows? Clara also gets to know more about Danny Pink. We learn he was once a soldier. Has he put this behind him?

Review: I enjoyed this story a lot, but I’m aware that it has its detractors. This is the first story in Capaldi’s era that seems to have divided the fanbase the most. I liked the lecture at the beginning, and the suspense was brought up very well. Danny Pink seems like an interesting person, and I’m eager to learn more about him. I will admit feeling like the reveal was kind of a let down, but I enjoyed the journey anyway.

Overall Review: 8/10

Continuity: This is the second time that Clara has met the Doctor’s original incarnation, but the only time she has met him as a child. The Doctor is lecturing with a chalkboard, as he has been doing since “Into the Dalek”. The Doctor once again removes the TARDIS’s safeguards to allow it to travel further in time than normal. Orson Pink’s spacesuit seems similar to the ones in Sanctuary Base 6. Clara says “One day you’ll come back.”, “Fear makes companions of us all”, and “do as you’re told”–quotes from the First Doctor himself. The Doctor has taken Clara to the far future where everything she knows is long dead before, in the episode “Hide”. The Ninth Doctor told Nancy that he knows what it’s like to be alone in the cold, and now we know how. The telepathic circuits of the TARDIS were used early in the Doctor’s travels to warn him and his companions of impending danger in “The Edge of Destruction”. The Eleventh Doctor once said it was good to be scared in dangerous situations. The Doctor once again says that he’s against hugging.

 

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