Twelfth Doctor: Kill the Moon

kill the moonWriter: Peter Harness

Director: Paul Wilmshurst

Producer: Peter Bennett

Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)

Series: 8, ep. 7

Summary: Courtney Woods, the delinquent student from the previous episode, is angry that the Doctor doesn’t think she’s special, so she stows away on the TARDIS.  To placate her, the Doctor takes them to the year 2049. A team of astronauts have discovered a new life form on the moon that they feel must be destroyed.

Review: This episode has gotten a lot of hate, but I’m in the minority. I like the choice that is made: do we kill an innocent life, or do we let it live? My guess is that to some, this is like the debate on abortion. But one thing that has always been a constant with the Doctor is that he protects the innocent. The only real problem with the story is Courtney is annoying.

Overall Review: 8/10

Continuity: The Doctor quotes his second incarnation’s catch phrase “When I say run, run!” The Doctor says he cannot change the course of history, and uses the example of not killing Hitler. The Doctor had to make the choice to save an innocent alien life form in “The Beast Below”. The Second Doctor also took his companions to the moon.

 

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2 comments on “Twelfth Doctor: Kill the Moon

  1. “LIKE the debate on abortion?” 😛 I’m pretty sure the reason this episode was controversial is that no one expected Doctor Who to take this issue on, and they certainly did. I liked the episode a lot, too, but you and I are on the same page here, to no surprise.

  2. Should they really have been surprised though? Look again at his “Do I have the right” speech in Genesis of the Daleks. He asks Sarah Jane if she would kill a baby if she were told that child would grow up to basically be Adolf Hitler. I like that no matter who plays the role, there are some consistencies about the Doctor, one of which that he will not kill an innocent life.

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